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Football fans are often known as the 12th man and playing at home is seen as an advantage. Often the supporters in the stands don't actually do anything to help but in Netherlands on Sunday they definitely did.
Feeling part of their club will lead all football fans to affectionately refer to the team as 'we,' even though they do absolutely nothing to physically help their team play. The Mitchell and Webb Look perfectly summed this feeling up.
Managers have often been known to bemoan the fans for not signing loudly enough to give the team on the pitch the boost they want from playing at home.
It leads to the debate of whether it's the fans duty to get the players going or the players duty to give the fans a reason to cheer and sing.
On Sunday in the Eredivisie Feyenoord fans certainly put an end to the question of just how much a crowd can change the result of a game.
The Rotterdam based side were at home against top of the table, undefeated, PSV and led 2-1 with just 16 minutes left. PSV attacked and fans threw a second ball on the pitch, forcing the referee to stop the game:
' 12th man '
Feyenoord felt the benefit of their home crowd today...
PSV were through on goal and looking for an equaliser, but a second ball was thrown onto the pitch from the crowd! :flushed:#Eredivisie pic.twitter.com/4DcBgjDspn
- Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) December 2, 2018
Denzel Dumfries is absolutely fuming and you can't really blame him too much.
The ploy worked as Feyenoord went on to win the match 2-1 and gave the Eindhoven club their first loss in the league this season, allowing Ajax to close the gap on their rivals.
Of course it's not the first time an object thrown on the pitch has helped a team win a game.
In 2009 a beach ball was on the pitch at the Stadium of Light and Darren Bent's goalward shot hit the offending item and moved away from Pepe Reina, who had been ready to save the initial effort, and the goal wrongly stood.
The Black Cats held on to win the game 1-0 but the referee should have stopped play.
PSV won't be happy knowing the ref in their game got the decision right but this is one day that the 12th man certainly came in good for their team.
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