A match in Spain’s fourth tier is being investigated for match fixing - and it’s very easy to see why.
According to AS, the clash between Marchamalo and Toledo B is being looked at but it doesn’t take a genius to realise that there is almost definitely foul play at hand.
In the 89th minute, Marchamalo player Mario picks up the ball and runs the length of the pitch to score an incredible solo goal. Well, it would have been incredible if the Toledo B defenders were actually trying.
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Mario took the ball past four defenders and the goalkeeper before slotting the ball past the player on the line. However, the acting skills of the Toledo players is pretty embarrassing.
They try to make it look as though they are trying to stop Mario but it’s an awful attempt to make it look realistic. It’s the sort of defending you’re likely to see in a terrible football film or advert - the only problem is that this is real life.
The fact that the goal came in the final minute just adds to the plot.
Remarkably, Marchamalo’s coach, Juan Alonso, is convinced that his player scored a legitimate wonder goal. He referred back to Saul Niguez’s sensational solo goal against Bayern Munich this week in the Champions League to make his point.
“There will always be a*****s who say that Bayern’s defenders allowed Saúl to get past them Mario-style,” he said.
Hmmmm, not sure we agree with you to be honest, Mr Alonso.
This isn’t the only goal that has led to people calling ‘FIX’ in recent weeks.
In a much higher profile match, Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli scored an incredible own-goal against Fiorentina by passing the ball into his own net.
However, this incident is much harder to determine whether it was a deliberate mistake or not. After the match, Consigli said, per Football Italia: “My role can be very gratifying, but it can also lead to some bad moments.
“We're professionals after all and I still have a fire inside me.
“After the own-goal I used some pretty harsh language of course, but these things happen and you must try and let them slip away.
“There's certainly been a touch of superficiality on my side that exposed me to a few extra risks. I was overconfident and I tried a first-touch play in the wrong position,” he added.
We’re going to let Consigli off on this one.
On the other hand, we think Toledo B are in big trouble.