What a goal.
The Eurosport office erupted… but then we noticed something odd. Sterling wasn’t celebrating.
In fact, none of the England players were. And play was restarting with a goal kick. As experienced football journalists, we like to think we know when there’s been a goal – and we could have sworn that Sterling’s shot went in.
Alas, the shot actually went just wide and rippled the side netting.
What fools we felt.
Fortunately, we weren’t the only ones. In fact, an entire nation was caught out by a case of premature celebration.
Even the guy doing the BBC captions got swept away in the majesty of it all, optimistically ‘awarding’ the goal to England - see top photo.
Meanwhile over on Five Live, they refused to believe the ball went wide, claiming the ‘goal’ had been disallowed.
*sits back down* — James Dall (@JamesDallESPN) June 14, 2014
Pub over the road still think that was a goal. — Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 14, 2014
Oh god, I celebrated. I had such an unblemished record. — Football Clichés (@FootballCliches) June 14, 2014
So far, England winning in the all-important optical illusion goals category.
— dirtytackle (@BrooksDT) June 14, 2014
I jumped up because I thought Raheem Sterling had scored but he hadn't scored, the angle I was looking at it made it look like he had scored — Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) June 14, 2014
And if you still don't believe it went wide, here's the proof:
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