Video: Referee slips and tackles Zenit star in Champions Super Cup clash
Zenit St Petersburg 1-3 Shakhtar Donetsk - Referee steals the show in Champions Super Cup clash
Zenit St Petersburg and Shakhtar Donetsk today locked horns in the Champions Super Cup - a close-season friendly between two eastern European outfits, which brought an end to their respective Dubai-based training camps, in the United Arab Emirates.
The game finished 3-1 in Shakhtar's favour, but the result is irrelevant, and not the reason why the encounter is regarded newsworthy either.
For all the household names on show, together boasting an array of Champions League and Europa League experience, it was the referee, Bader Abdullah, who stole the show, following two high profile mistakes.
With Shakhtar leading 1-0 after Henrikh Mkhitaryan cleverly converted Willian's deflected shot, Abdullah allowed Zenit to capitalise on a quick free-kick from the edge of the box, equalising after Konstantin Zyryanov latched onto a Roman Shirokov pass.
Shakhtar's defenders were caught flat-footed, but the post-goal protests were to no avail, as the referee waved away claims that the strike had been engineered unfairly.
The Ukrainian side reacted positively, though, and five minutes before the break were back in front. Mkhitaryan grabbed his second of the game, before Taison and Darijo Srna combined to tee up Eduardo for a third Shakhtar goal with little over ten minutes left.
Then, to make matters worse for the Russians - and for referee Abdullah - in the final five minutes, the official slipped and tackled one of Zenit's players, looking to get a shot away from 20-yards out.
Watch a replay of the comical incident above, as well as full highlights of the game in the video below…