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San Marino Goalkeeper Fully Loses His Head For Picking Up Ball Outside Of The Box And Conceding Free-Kick

San Marino Goalkeeper Fully Loses His Head For Picking Up Ball Outside Of The Box And Conceding Free-Kick

Aldo Simoncini made one of the strangest blunders in history as he scooped the ball outside of the box without a care in the world.

San Marino were in action on Sunday for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Scotland and were thrashed 6-0 at Hampden Park.

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But Simoncini stole the spotlight for an unusual moment that saw him concede a free-kick for his side.

No Scotland player came running down to press the San Marino shot-stopper and he had all the time in the world.

Yet that didn't stop Simoncini from kicking the ball up and catching it with his right hand.

Some fans have argued that the 33-year-old thought the whistle had blown for the downed Scotland player.

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But that hasn't stopped a swarm of fans from reacting to the footage on social media.

"I was watching it on tv and thought he'd given the Scotland free kick too!" Twitter user Nicola Hodgkiss wrote.

Someone else posted: "It's like they've never played before."

While Pat Regan tweeted: "It was the Scottish pressure that made him panic?"

A fourth added: "I still canny believe he did that."

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn scored a first-half hat-trick to put Steve Clarke's men 3-0 up at half-time.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

And Lawrence Shankland, Stuart Findlay and Stuart Armstrong all found the back of the net in the second half to complete Scotland's 6-0 thumping of San Marino.

Scotland are fourth in Group I and have lost five of their opening eight Euro 2020 qualifying matches.

But Scotland boss Clarke said that his side "showed they've got a good resilient streak."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He told BBC Sport: "It's been a tough week for us. It was important we won, but it was also important we won well.

"Everybody was telling me it was going to be no attendance at all.

"There were a lot of young ones there and they've seen their team score six goals at home, so hopefully they'll come back for the next game.

"Hopefully, it repairs a little bit of the fragility that was in the squad after the four games against top opposition.

"It was difficult run of fixtures. I see some smiles in the dressing room and it's nice to see."

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Football News, Football, Euro 2020, Scotland, Euros

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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