Manchester United’s Harry Maguire has been involved in some fun moments in the 2021/2022 European season
It has been an exhilarating season, with title races in the Premier League and Serie A. The relegation battle and the race to qualify for the Champions League has also been very dramatic in those leagues.
However, aside from the seriousness that happened on the pitch, there were also some fun moments. Pulse Sports Nigeria takes a look at some of the funniest moments of the season.
Brandon Williams on Christian Eriksen
It was good to see Eriksen back on the pitch after what happened to him at Euro 2020. The Danish star joined Brentford in January after suffering cardiac arrest. But while it was nice to see him play again, Eriksen had a fun time with Williams.
In Brentford’s league clash against Norwich, Eriksen brought down the Manchester United loanee while on the attack.
And like any other player, Williams reacted, only for him to stop and hug Eriksen after realizing it was him.
Antonio Rudiger does everything he can to stop Keita’s shot
Rudiger won’t be in the Premier League next season, but he won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Not for his quality as a lone defender, but for some of his approaches to preventing a goal.
One of the funniest moments involving the German was when he tried to block a Naby Keita shot during Chelsea’s game against Liverpool in the FA Cup final.
Rudiger adopted an unorthodox style to block Keita’s shot while flying like a kung fu master. It was a fun approach that became a social media meme.
Harry Maguire injures Paul Pogba
Maguire has had quite a season where there could be a compilation of his funniest moments on the pitch alone.
However, the one that stood out was when his cleats hit Pogba in the face during Manchester United’s game against Norwich at Old Trafford.
The England international accidentally used his cleats to punch Pogba in the face. What followed was funnier as Pogba looked at his captain in disgust.
The club owner sends his team to relegation
In Bulgaria, FC owner Tsarsko Selo caused his side to be relegated after making a decision that ultimately sealed his side’s fate.
In their game against Lokomotiv Sofia, Selo was picked up with a last-minute penalty.
However, the club owner burst onto the pitch because he didn’t want any particular player to take the penalty.
Another player took the penalty, missed it and the team was relegated.
Fabinho’s failed knee celebration
The knee slide is one of the famous goal celebrations in football. Thierry Henry, Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba were the masters of the party.
However, for Liverpool’s Fabinho, he needs lessons on celebrating the knee slip after a missed moment. The Brazil international failed in his attempt to celebrate in Liverpool’s win over Benfica.
Ibrahim Konaté had celebrated with the knee slip after putting Liverpool ahead in Portugal. Fabinho tried to join him in the celebration by doing a similar thing. But that turned out to be a miss as Fabinho landed on his knee before collapsing.
Vieira kicks a fan
The Crystal Palace manager showed off his kung fu skills after Crystal Palace lost to Everton at Goodison Park. The Eagles had taken a two-goal lead but the Toffees scored three to secure their Premier League status.
The result sparked enthusiasm from Goodison fans, who stormed onto the pitch after the final whistle. During the celebration, one of the fans pushed Vieira, who reacted by kicking the fans in the way.
Richarlison’s celebration against Palace
Just before Vieira hit a fan during Everton’s game against Palace, Richarlison also had his fun moment. The Brazilian’s bizarre celebration after Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winner for the Toffees has fans talking.
As the Everton players celebrated with Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison decided to celebrate by sliding on his chest towards the advertising boards behind the goal post.
Kepa’s Carabao Cup misery
Liverpool beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on penalties. But while losing on penalties isn’t a shame, the way Chelsea lost was quite amusing.
First-choice keeper Edouard Mendy had started the game but for some reason Thomas Tuchel pulled him off a minute before the end for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa had established a reputation as a penalty specialist, so Tuchel signed him for Mendy.
The penalty was full of drama, with all outfielders scoring their kicks. This meant that the goalkeepers had to take a penalty.
Caoimhin Kelleher scored his kick for Liverpool, meaning Kepa also had to score to keep Chelsea in the shootout. However, the Spaniard kicked his ball so high that he killed two birds – (just kidding) – to hand the trophy to Liverpool.
Michail Antonio’s Cardboard Celebration
Earlier in the season, Antonio became West Ham’s all-time leading goalscorer in the Premier League after netting a brace in the 4-1 win over Leicester City.
And to celebrate the moment, Antonio celebrated his first goal by pulling out a cardboard cutout of himself.
Alisson mocks Pickford
In the second leg of the Merseyside derby, Pickford frustrated Liverpool with his time-consuming tactics. The England keeper never missed the chance to lay down after catching the ball.
All this happened while the score was still 0-0. However, despite Pickford’s poor attempt, Liverpool eventually won 2–0.
With Liverpool victory secured after scoring two goals, Alisson showed Pickford that two could play the game by poking fun at the Everton goalkeeper’s antics.