Japanese Team Scores From The Halfway Line TWICE In Under 90 Seconds
By Tom Sanders
Goals from the halfway line are an abnormality, the kind of thing you only see once every three or four seasons, usually scored by the absolute best players in the world.
It's an exclusive club which only a select handful of players including Wayne Rooney, Xabi Alonso, David Beckham and... Charlie Adams can claim to be part of.
Yet in a scene that would look out of place even in a game of FIFA, Japanese second division side Montedio Yamagata. scored not one but TWO goals from inside their own half during their match against Ehime FC earlier this Sunday
And if that wasn't strange enough, Yamagata somehow managed to score both of these insane goals within just 90 seconds of eachother.
Japanese J2 side score TWICE from the half way line in just 90 seconds...- TheFootballAddick (@FootballAddick) October 27, 2019
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Home side Yamagata managed to go 1-0 up in the 38th minute thanks to a goal from Takahiro Yanagi.
Their two wonder goals came around half an hour later, midway through the second half.
During a midfield scrap on the edge of their half Ehime gave the ball away thanks to a bad pass from one of their wingers.
This was pounced upon by Yamagata midfielder Shun Nakamura who spotted Ehime keeper Masahiro Okamoto well off his line, and with a long-range strike reminiscent of Gerrard in his prime send the ball sailing over the hapless goalie's head and straight into the back of the net.
An embarrassing blunder from Okamoto for sure, but one that could perhaps be forgiven due to the freak nature of the goal.
However, when it happened again just seconds later the well of excuses starts to run dry.
Ehime gave away the ball once again just seconds after the restart, with Okamoto still miles off his line.
Fancying his chances, midfielder Tatsuhiro Sakamoto took another crack from the halfway line, and miraculously it went in.
It was a messy strike, connecting badly and barely leaving the ground, but Okamoto couldn't sort his feet out in time and failed to stop the ball from going into the corner of his net.
It was an unbelievable scene, and not one we're likely to see replicated for many, years to come.
There were no more goals after that as the match finished 3-0 and Yamagati went home comfortably with the three points.
But although it may have been a fairly routine defeat, it's not one that Okamoto is going to be forgetting for a long, long time.