Crawley's Nick Tsaroulla Gives Tearful Post-Match Interview After Scoring In FA Cup Third Round Win Over Leeds United
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Crawley's Nick Tsaroulla was overcome with emotion after scoring his first senior goal in the 3-0 FA Cup third round upset win over Leeds United today.
The 21-year-old notched the opening goal with superb solo strike and was whisked in for an interview with the BBC after the triumph.
And former Tottenham youngster Tsaroulla couldn't hold back the tears as he reflected on what a remarkable journey he's been on.
In 2017, the Cyprus Under-21 international was involved in a car crash that saw him spend a year on the sidelines and led to his release from Spurs.
What a moment. Nick Tsaroulla scores his first goal in senior football. Back in 2017, during his time in Spurs' academy, Nick was involved in a car crash and missed a year of football before eventually being released. He has certainly comeback fighting :raised_hands:pic.twitter.com/wEULwtsl6w- SPORTbible (@sportbible) January 10, 2021
He ended up penning a deal with Brentford's B team before impressing on trial at Crawley, where he has established himself as an important player.
"It's been a long, hard road for me."- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 10, 2021
And what a day it is for Nick Tsaroulla and Crawley :raised_hands:
Watch reaction LIVE on @BBCOne, @BBCiPlayer and online: https://t.co/3BWQ4LOYgI #bbcfacup #FACup pic.twitter.com/sxa9eNLNci
"I kind of just lost myself in the moment. It's been a long, hard road for me so I'm really proud," he told BBC.
"I'm getting emotional... it's been a tough road and it means a lot."
Tsaroulla is proof that hard work and determination does pay off even when the chips are down.
Ashley Nadesan and Jordan Tunnicliffe scored the other goals in a huge win at Broadfield Stadium, while there was another huge moment late on as former reality TV star Mark Wright made his Crawley debut at the age of 33.