Must-see sports moments of the week: Football pitch invader saves the day

Nigel Chin

There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, particularly in Honduras where a pitch invader managed to evade security and even score a goal. Yahoo Singapore picks out the best ones.

Olimpia’s Roger Rojas was credited for the goal that was scored by the pitch invader. (PHOTO: AFP)

Honduran team scores equaliser… thanks to pitch invader

Honduran side Olimpia had a pleasant surprise on Sunday (5 February) night during their Liga Nacional match against Motagua.

The away side, down by a goal in stoppage time, were pushing for a last-gasp equaliser and got it eventually – just not in the way they had imagined.

While Olimpia were busy finding a way to break down their opponent’s defence, a pitch invader had somehow made it onto the pitch with a ball and dribbled into Motagua’s penalty area. That distracted the Motagua’s players slightly, which gave Olimpia’s Roger Rojas ample space to pull off a shot that came at the exact same moment the pitch invader’s attempt.

Motagua’s goalkeeper was understandably distracted and did not know which shot to save. Much his side’s bewilderment, the referee seemingly did not take notice of the pitch invader and allowed to goal to stand.

Worst way to lose a tennis match 

What’s one way to throw a tennis match? By hitting the umpire in the eye with a tennis ball, of course.

That is what happened to Canada in a Davis Cup game against Britain over the weekend. Denis Shapovalov angrily hit a ball off the court after sending a forehand return wide, which struck umpire Arnaud Gabas in the face, giving him a bruised eye.

Both teams and the crowd were left stunned by what happened, while a concerned Shapovalov ran over to the umpire. The 17-year-old Shapovalov teared up when Gabas eventually returned to inform the crowd and both teams’ captains of his decision to hand Britain a default 3-2 victory.

We’re pretty sure the Israeli-born Canadian Shapovalov won’t be repeating his actions in future matches.

Overconfidence can lead to disastrous results

It is safe to assume that Alphonse Areola probably won’t be sleeping very well for the rest of the week.

The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) goalkeeper was handed a rare start after regular goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was ruled out due to an injury. And while the 23-year-old acquitted himself decently for most of the game, it all came undone in the 85th minute of the match.

Receiving a back pass, Areola’s first touch almost gifted the ball to Lille’s Eric Bautheac, but he recovered in time to flick the ball and keep hold of possession. But instead of clearing it immediately, he allowed Bautheac to recover and nick the ball off him on the edge of the box, allowing Nicolas de Preville to shoot into the open goal.

Thankfully for Areola, PSG managed to score a late winner through Lucas Moura, allowing them to keep pace with league leaders AS Monaco.

With Trapp slated to return from his injury in time for the next game, it looks like Areola will most certainly return to his previous regular spot – on the bench.


Knicks legend Charles Oakley loses it in moment of madness 

There was a time when Charles Oakley was almost untouchable, enjoying a cult status at the Madison Square Garden arena where the New York Knicks play their home games. A powerful power forward, Oakley was a defensive specialist during his tenure with the Knicks.

But on Thursday (9 February) at the Clippers-Knicks game, Oakley went on the offensive and it landed him in trouble. Well-known for his disdain for current Knicks owner James Dolan, Oakley had behaved in a highly inappropriate fashion and was extremely abusive, said the Knicks public relations team.

He was asked to leave the arena by security guards, but instead of complying, he started shoving the security guards and had to be dragged out of the venue by at least eight guards. According to reports, Oakley will be charged with three counts of assault.

We are sure this isn’t the former Knick’s finest moment in MSG…