Excelsior ’31 is a football club in Netherlands’ 2nd highest amateur division. (If I’m reading Wikipedia correctly.) During a match earlier this month, their goalkeeper had to use the bathroom, but because of soccer’s rules about substitutions and a running clock, he couldn’t take a break to use the nearest bathroom. So he lifted his shorts and pissed on the side of the net.
Peter Biaksangzuala, a 23-year-old defensive mid-fielder on Bethlehem Vengthlang FC in India’s Mizoram Premier League, passed away on Sunday. Earlier last week, Biaksangzuala had scored a goal against Chanmari West FC, and celebrated with a somersault in which he landed awkwardly, damaging his spinal cord.
Alex Morgan will miss the rest of the USWNT’s World Cup qualifying matches because of a sprained ankle she picked up during Thursday’s game against Guatemala. It’s an unfortunate set-back for a player with a history of ankle injuries, but thankfully it doesn’t look as serious as it could’ve been.
As you can see above, Morgan’s ankle was caught under a falling Guatemalan defender’s body, and received a gnarly bend. Morgan was immediately carted off and substituted.
Here’s U.S. Soccer with today’s update on the injury:
Morgan underwent an MRI this morning that confirmed the sprain, but revealed no additional damage. She will be out an estimated 4-6 weeks to rehabilitate the injury. Morgan will depart the U.S. camp and return home to continue her rehab.
It doesn’t look like the injury will do any lasting damage to the USWNT’s best player, but she’s still out of this competition. The team is crazy deep at the forward position, so there’s still practically no chance we don’t qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Canada. Still, it’s a shame we won’t get to watch Morgan out there.
The Cipolletti defender Marcos Lamolla was initially given a yellow card for a foul on Fernando Fernández, who protested and was sent off. This led to more protests, a scuffle and Lamolla was given another yellow card and dismissed.
Lamolla then ran the entire length of the pitch, squaring up to Fernández, who was on his way to the dressing room, before being intercepted by a player. The pair lashed out at each other and that quickly led to a free-for-all with players lunging at each other with flying kicks and punches, before Cipolletti players fled down the inflatable tunnel.
Deportivo Roca’s coach found the players’ actions “disgraceful.”
Lionel Messi makes people do crazy things. The sight of the Argentine star, apparently, makes people run onto fields during matches and ask for his autograph, as this fan did during a friendly Tuesday in Hong Kong. Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, et al. are lucky that these on field invaders are, seemingly, good-natured and only want to get autographs or take selfies with the players.
Argentina won the friendly 7-0. Messi scored twice.