Brazilian physio makes double-save then runs away

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A common comment by football commentators (say that ten times fast) is that a manager's or fan's passion for victory can see them 'kick every ball' from the sidelines, it is never used literally - until now.

Brazil's Serie D is in to its final stages and the two-legged round of 16 knockout stages saw one of the most incredible incidents you are likely to ever see on a football pitch.

Minas Gerais side Tupi were losing on away goals to Aparecidense going into the 98th minute of their match, when a chance broke in the box and what was certain goal was stopped on the line - no by a player though.

Aparecidense physio Romildo Fonseca da Silva saw his chance when standing behind the goal and he certainly took it. The man apparently known as 'Lefty' saved the first shot and then a follow up chance, to make sure the score stayed 2-2.

It was a hilarious piece of madness and, once he realised the gravity of his actions, and probably that he was away from home, 'Lefty' picked up his bag and legged it.

He lept over over the advertising hoardings, avoided flying kicks from Tupi players, skipped past stewards trying to catch him and disappeared into the underbelly of the stadium before the military present got hold of the situation.

As Aparecidense had drawn 1-1 at home, a 2-2 draw in Juiz de Fora would have been enough to see them through to the semi-final - amazingly, that is exactly what happened.

After the bizarre incident stopped the match for 20 minutes, the officials resumed the match to play out the final couple of minutes and Tupi could not find another goal, meaning they were dumped out.

Understandably, the home fans were not happy and pelted the Aparecidense bus with stones as it left the stadium, while the Tupi board reportedly vowed to enter a legal challenge against the result.

Thanks to Dirty Tackle for bringing this unusual episode to our attention - you can watch the video above.

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