Football, as a general rule, is a sport where it’s often difficult to maintain perfect levels of humility. Goals in big games evoke passion, last minute strikes send fans into overdrive and it’s often impossible to reign in celebrations once you’ve started.
France U21 international Layvin Kurzawa might just be able to serve as a walking warning to those who go that one step too far though. The full-back, who you might recognise from his appearances in the Monaco setup this term, quite literally went from hero to zero during his national side’s European Championship play-off against Sweden.
To set the scene it’s only fair that we ask you to imagine your side being 3-0 down in the second leg of a tie you were 2-0 up in heading into the match. With just three minutes left on the clock you score what you’re sure is the goal which will send you through on away goals. What do you do?
Well Kurzawa, as pretty much any normal human being would, wheeled away in celebration. Of course what he went on to do - and it’s safe to assume he won’t be doing it again anytime soon - was rub it in.
Rubbing it in
That’s right, not content with potentially breaking Swedish hearts the gutsy defender immediately placed his hand to his forehead in a mock salute and proceeded to run the length of the pitch, paying particular attention to Sweden and Manchester City youngster John Guidetti.
Word to the wise: In situations like this it’s always best not to tempt Lady Fate. She has a way of spinning things so that ultimately it’s you who is left red-faced, which if Kurzawa didn’t know before, he certainly does now.
Only moments later Sweden had restored their 3-0 advantage via an Oscar Lewicki goal, meaning the score went to 4-1 and once again France were heading out. Cue the perfect opportunity for the hosts to get back at the man who had attempted to humiliate them.
Guidetti naturally immediately reciprocated the action of salute-to-forehead right in front of Kurzawa, and virtually the entire Swedish U21 side then followed suit. Post-match it was much of the same, with the home side even posing for a squad photo in the dressing room with what would have been the Monaco starlet’s mocking pose the general theme.