The wide world of sports is filled with examples of hapless athletes celebrating their triumphs just a bit too soon — and finding themselves thrust into the agony of defeat after their temporary thrill of victory.
The latest example comes from a Thailand Cup semifinal match between Bangkok Sports Club and Satri Angthong, which finished 2-2 and went to a penalty kick shootout, Sky Sports reported.
And soccer penalty kicks are generally easy for the shooter — and every goalie’s nightmare.
Indeed the tally was 19-19 when Bangkok’s goalie took his turn kicking a penalty shot, the outlet said — and it hit the crossbar and shot toward the sky. A rare miss!
The Satri Angthong goalie ran forward past the dejected shooter and jumped in exultation.
But wait just a minute.
The ball fell back to earth and bounced — with some healthy backspin.
The successive bounces saw the ball creeping back toward the goal.
The crowd started yelling in disbelief — and it was too late when the Satri Angthong goalie, who was looking in the opposite direction, noticed what he’d left behind and made a fruitless run back to the net.
Sure enough, the ball rolled past the goal line. Score!
Amazing how quickly the tide can turn — and when you least expect it.
Satri Angthong missed its next penalty shot, and Bangkok made it to the finals, Sky Sports said.