Coritiba striker Joel was the match winner for his side on a night to remember against second-placed Sao Paulo but, despite scoring a brace, there was a significant moment the Cameroonian would rather he, and the rest of us, forgot immediately.
Joel scored his side’s second and third goals in an impressive 3-1 triumph and, such was his haste to celebrate the match clinching strike, he appeared to momentarily forget the location of the stadium tunnel.
As Sao Paulo pressed forward to get back on terms during the game’s latter stages, Joel was able to take advantage of the acres of space behind the defence, rounding the goalkeeper to score.
But, as he went to celebrate, the loanee all of a sudden disappeared.
In a bid to get closer to the delirious Coritiba supporters, Joel hurdled the advertising hoardings then, in the blink of an eye, he was gone. A momentary memory lapse led Joel to jump straight down the tunnel that leads into the bowels of the stadium but, thankfully, he was able to emerge unhurt.
The slow motion shot gives an indication of the potential gravity of the situation as surrounding stewards put hands on heads in respective concern, before Joel popped back up and finally celebrated with fans.
It was an important win for Coritiba, with three points taking them off the bottom of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.
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