October 16, 2014

Think before you taunt.

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eurou21championshiplogoOn Tuesday night France and Sweden squared up to win a place at the Euro 2015 U21 tournament in the Czech Republic. France went into the match with a 2-0 lead from their home leg but were losing 3-0 to Sweden and were seemingly on their way out.

A dramatic goal three minutes from time by the French defender Layvin Kurzawa sparked huge celebrations by the French players as it meant that despite the scoreline they were going through on away goals. As part of these celebrations Kurzawa raced over to the Swedish players and striker John Guidetti taunting them with army salutes. He obviously assumed that it was all over and France were heading through…

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Of course football sometimes has its own script and the footballing gods maybe decided that the French players had overstepped the mark with their taunting of the Swedish players. That’s because just moments later Sweden won a corner and scored a dramatic goal that secured their Euro 2015 place. The Swedish players did not forget the taunts from Kurzawa and his teammates as they returned the favour during their own celebrations.

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The fun continued well after the final whistle as the Swedish team celebrated their achievement whilst having a dig at their French counterparts.

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The moral of the story is that if you want to taunt opponents, do it after the final whistle. Just incase…

Highlights of the match can be watched here…. (however these are French highlights so unsurprisingly don’t include the celebrations)

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