There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the past week, including a shocking error from a goalkeeper and a mascot’s surprising debut on court while a basketball game was going on. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.
Ajax goalkeeper commits massive error
What was he thinking? That question would surely be on the mind for those who witnessed what Andre Onana did over the weekend when Ajax Amsterdam played Groningen in the Eredivisie.
Onana, who came through the youth ranks in Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy probably had the worst moment of his young career. While there are no doubts that Onana may have some ball-playing skills, he clearly thought too highly of himself.
In the 55th minute of the game with the score tied at 0-0, Onana had the ball at his feet way outside of his penalty area. While he smartly fooled Groningen’s Brian Linssen, Onana took too long to pass the ball to any of his three teammates that were nearby and allowed Linssen to recover to steal the ball away. It left Linssen with the easiest of goals to score.
What made the matter worse is that second-placed Ajax could have closed the gap to just two points on leaders Feyenoord, but could only draw the game after Onana’s blunder.
What was he really thinking?
Former players turned pundits still have passion for the game
For some footballers who retire from the game, they no longer feel the same passion for the game. But that cannot be said for Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard.
The four former England footballers were pundits for English TV channel BT Sport for the Champions League match against Barcelona and Paris St. Germain.
When Barcelona completed their seemingly impossible comeback, all four couldn’t contain their excitement.
While Gerrard, Lineker and Ferdinand jumped and screamed in excitement, Owen took it a tad further. The former striker ran around the studio, as though he was celebrating a goal himself.
Watch their hilarious celebrations here.
Wild finish to basketball game
When the Boston Celtics played the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, they probably thought they had the game in the bag after Isaiah Thomas knocked down a free-throw to give them a two-point lead with just 11 seconds left in the game.
But by the end of the 11 seconds, it was the Phoenix Suns who were celebrating.
Suns point-guard Eric Bledsoe had tied the score up after he had somehow gotten his reverse lay-up to fall with just 4.8 seconds left. The Celtics then rushed their next inbound play, probably to catch the Suns defence off-guard, but lost the ball after Thomas fumbled the ball.
Rookie Tyler Ulis picked up the loose ball and subsequently launched a three-pointer with a second left on the clock, draining it just as the buzzer sounded for a Suns win.
That left the Celtics stunned. What a way to win a game.
Suns gorilla mascot makes a wild entrance
Just a few days after the wild finish to their game, the Phoenix Suns hosted the Washington Wizards at home.
While there wasn’t a wild finish in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter, their mascot did make a wild appearance during the game.
In the fourth quarter, the Suns were on the offense when their Gorilla mascot decided to slide onto the court before running back out, presumably to distract the Wizards defenders.
It was discovered later that an object had been thrown onto court and the mascot was actually trying to prevent the players from stepping onto the object and unintentionally getting injured.
What a hero.
closer look shows the Suns Gorilla grabbed an object that rolled onto the court pic.twitter.com/yMZSZuhB1g
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