Celebrating a win before the final whistle is a risky act in most circumstances – not least in a competition as competitive as the Champions League.
Bayern Leverkusen were cruising 2-0 up over Russian side CSKA Moscow 15 minutes into their clash at the BayArena on Wednesday evening.
Thanks to strikes from Admir Mehmedi and Hakan Calhanoglu, the Bundesliga club were in a comfortable position and on course to secure three points from their opening group stage fixture.
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In fact, the Leverkusen social media manager felt so sure the hosts would win the match he saw fit to poke fun at one of the other clubs vying to progress from Group E – Tottenham Hotspur.
Gloating about victory even before the half-time break – what could possibly go wrong?
The club’s official English Twitter account tweeted Spurs, who were then trailing AS Monaco 2-0 at Wembley, to mockingly ask: “Hey @SpursOfficial – is this a race or something?” with a winking emoji to boot.
The cheeky dig, which has since been deleted by the German club, was in reference to Leverkusen and Spurs’ respective positions at opposite ends of the group table at the time.
But given how the results panned out, a certain social media professional will be full of regret.
Leverkusen were left red-faced as CSKA netted two goals in three minutes just moments after the boastful tweet was directed at the Premier League outfit.
A goal from Toby Alderweireld late in the first period gave Tottenham hope of pulling off what would have been the ultimate humiliation, but it was not enough to prevent from slipping to a 2-1 defeat.
The two results mean a single point separates Leverkusen and Spurs on the group table after the opening round of fixtures, leaving “the race” very much on ahead of their meeting in Germany on Tuesday 18 October.