Pitch invader helps team score, ref lets goal stand

It’s not every day you can credit a goal to a pitch invader, but the beauty of the “beautiful game” is that it’s never short on surprises.

We are not going to pretend to understand what is going on here, but it’s interesting all the same.

Down a goal in stoppage time, Honduran side Olimpia were inching closer to an exciting finish in Liga Nacional on Sunday night. They were getting ready to pull the trigger and equalise against Motagua — before a pitch invader took matters into his own hands.

The pitch invader (who was shirtless, of course) had a ball at his feet, dribbled through the box unnoticed as the play went on and hit a shot. His strike was horrible but on-target nonetheless and, in a sense, his goal counted. Take a look:

Amazingly, the officials let the goal stand and the match finished 2-2. The actual goal was scored by Olimpia’s Roger Rojas, who had been dancing his way through the box trying to create an equaliser as our friend entertained himself. But all things considered, the pitch invader definitely caused a distraction that had an effect on the goal.

Olimpia were the away team, so it’s possible the pitch invader was a Motagua supporter who wanted to disrupt the game or stop play and eat time off the clock. If so, his plan backfired spectacularly as the Motagua defence was distracted by him and paused just long enough for the goal.

Judging by the shot, there’s a good chance that he was drunk too.

Let’s hope he doesn’t remember costing his side some valuable points when he eventually sobers up!

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