Let's set the stage. It's the final day of the season in England's League One, which is two divisions below the Premier League. 2nd place Doncaster is on the road at 3rd place Brentford. The top two finishers in League One earn automatic promotion to the Championship while 3rd place must try to earn promotion through a 4 team playoff. Doncaster needed only a draw to clinch promotion while Brentford needed a victory.
In the final minute of the game, with the score 0-0, Brentford earns a penalty kick after a handball in the box. Marcello Trotta steps up to take the penalty kick and blasts his shot off the crossbar. With almost every outfield player near the penalty area, Doncaster clears the ball to midfield where a 2 on 1 break develops and James Coppinger pokes the game winner home at the opposite end of the ground. Doncaster wins the game 1-0 and wins promotion as League One champions while Brentford stays in 3rd place on the table.
Considering the stakes involved and the once-in-a-lifetime sequence of events, it's one of the most improbable endings to a soccer game you may ever see, or any sporting event for that matter.
Also, the game was over when the ball got cleared, since the 2nd place team that won the game only needed a draw. the goal on the other end is a nice feather in the cap but isnt particularly relevant to the big picture result.
C'mon...Dortmund vs. Malaga less than 2 weeks ago. Stakes FAR higher, and a far more improbably victory.
@thrllkll I think I'm going to start trolling every NBA and NFL thread and point out how fucking dull those sports are just so the smug asshats who don't understand soccer get an idea how unfunny and irritating they are.
@bmurray912 stakes aren't much higher than this. the amount of money a club the size of Doncaster and Brentford get from promotion is extreme. its not like the richest game every season is the CL final its the Championship playoff final where the winner gets around £120 mil.
@hullcity2010 I'm sorry...CL quarterfinal match-up will always be bigger than a 3rd league game, regardless of what the stakes are. It's not a knock on their level of play but the Champions league is the premier club tournament in the world. It's not close.
Either way, I just feel like the Dortmund finish was much more improbable. Needing two goals because of away goal differential and both in injury time? Unreal.
@bmurray912 @hullcity2010 Non of it is *important.* The CL is a "bigger stage," but I'd say that missing promotion for a middling club is probably more Bill Buckner-in-86 level gutpunch for it's fans than anything that happens in a CL match among big clubs. The big clubs will still be big clubs for years to come regardless of what happens this year, while this could change the history of Doncaster or Brentford for a long time. The only thing that would be more gutwrenching is if this match were for staying up vs relegation.
@hullcity2010 Fair enough. Good point.
@bmurray912 yeah I just meant the stakes anyways. obviously the CL is a whole different beast, wasn't trying to compare just putting the importance in perspective.
And I agree we won't see a finish like Dortmund - Malaga for awhile, if ever