Newly-promoted Paderborn continue to stir up the Bundesliga with good results and even better goals in their debut season.
Last month, Moritz Stoppelkamp broke a league record with a goal from 80 yards (!) out, and, on Sunday, Marvin Ducksch put away this tidy finish to help Paderborn to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt:
Tipped by most experts to finish in last place before the season, Paderborn have instead lost just two of their first eight games — and those defeats were to first-placed Bayern and second-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach — to put them securely in the top half of the table. With a few more golazos, the surprise team of the season might even stay there.
In what has to be a first in all of professional sports, CD Marathon goalkeeper Junior Morales was sent off in a recent Honduran top flight match for patting an opponent on the butt.
Real Sociedad striker Eris Hernandez received a couple love taps from Morales after the latter scooped up a harmless ball in the area and got ready to punt the ball up-field. Basically, it’s something you’ve probably seen thousands of times before and will see thousands of times more.
"Butt" to the surprise of everyone, the referee called play back, and after a brief discussion with his assistant - who seemed to had made the call - showed Morales the red card.
Was this the linesman’s first night on the job and he didn’t know this is a thing? Is he just an extreme homophobe? Did Hernandez have a restraining order against Morales or something? We’ll probably never know what was “behind” this puzzling ejection.
There’s poor sportsmanship and then there’s just blatant game manipulation.
The latter appeared to be the case in a Copa Peru semi-final match between Defensor Bolivar and Defensor La Bocana.
According to local media, five players from Defensor Bolivar all feigned injury at the same time in an apparent attempt to get the game — which they were losing 4-1 — abandoned.
The referee had already sent two of Bolivar’s players off and with eight minutes left on the clock, he was forced to call the match. If the five players faking injury had left the field, Bolivar would have only four men on the pitch, and teams are required to field at least seven players.
The second leg of the cup tie is now in doubt and officials are trying to decide how to punish Bolivar. The winner of the series goes on to national competition.
Even better: Defensor La Bocana uploaded video of their opponents’ antics to YouTube. Check it out.
(h/t The Guardian)
A classic moment straight out of “The Three Stooges” went down on Sunday during Marseille’s 2-0 victory over Toulouse at Stade Vélodrome on Sunday.
Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa — who opts to sit on coolers instead of those big comfy dugout chairs for some reason — accidentally took a load off right onto a cup of hot coffee:
Coffee and scream! Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa sits on a scalding cup of coffee and gives a priceless reaction. https://t.co/V3DaSC1UJE— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball)October 19, 2014
Ouch! The good news is that Marseille padded its Ligue 1 lead over Paris Saint-German to seven points.
(h/t BT Sport Football)
If you have a pulse, you’ve probably heard of the viral “RKO” craze featuring WWE star Randy Orton and his signature finishing move. Dozens of Vine videos in and outside the sports world have been doctored to feature Orton delivering a flying “RKO out of nowhere,” and they are all hilarious.
On Saturday, Dundee FC’s Gary Harkins took it to a whole new level, acting out the RKO out of nowhere to celebrate Dundee’s second goal in a 3-1 win over Motherwell:
For reference, here are some of the very best RKOs out of nowhere:
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Bitter rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were deadlocked at 0-0 in the final minutes of Saturday’s Super Lig bout when Wesley Sneijder decided to TURN UP.
In the 88th minute, the Dutch international decided to let it fly from a good 25 yards and buried his screamer into the top corner for the Galatasaray lead:
And because it worked out so well the first time, Sneijder unleashed another worldie just two minutes later to make it 2-0:
Hey defense, how about someone steps up on that guy?
Fenerbahce pegged one back in injury time, but it was too little too late (and too much Sneijder) to prevent Galatasaray’s win.
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Derry City were posing for their official team picture this past week when suddenly the bench in the first row collapsed. We all owe whoever was able to take a snapshot of the carnage a huge “Thank You.”
The second attempt went much more smoothly:
— Kevin Morrison (@KMorrison810)October 16, 2014
Xabi Alonso has been dazzling for Bayern Munich this season, bossing the midfield almost immediately since coming over from Real Madrid. He leads the Bundesliga in touches per game and broke the all-time records for most in one game with 204 touches against Cologne. He was similarly dominant on Saturday:
Xabi Alonso completed 103 passes on his own, just 18 fewer than the entire Werder Bremen side (121). He was subbed off in the 61st minute.— Squawka Football (@Squawka)October 18, 2014
The one thing he hadn’t done yet was score, but that changed Saturday. Alonso opened his Bayern account in brilliant fashion, duping the Werder Bremen wall with a low free kick after two dummy runs by his teammates.
The goal put Bayern up 2-0 on struggling Werder. They would eventually win out 6-0.
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