This Is The Most Epic Finish To A Sporting Event So Far In 2013
Watford F.C., which is, among other things, Elton John’s side, is one step closer to playing in the Premier League next season after Sunday’s miraculous win over Leicester City in the second leg of their playoff semifinal — a result that included a spectacular double-save of a penalty, a last-gasp winner and a pitch invasion all in the 97th minute.
The tie was even 2-2 on aggregate when visiting Leicester was awarded a penalty and Anthony Knockaert’s stepped up to the spot with a chance to send his team to Wembley for the playoff final, in which a Championship team can earn promotion to England’s top division.
But former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia made not one but two saves, Watford moved rapidly into the counterattack and Hornets striker Troy Deeney punched home a dramatic winner on the final kick that ignited a spine-tingling scene at Vicarage Road.
Watch Sky Sports correspondent Johnny Phillips barely manage to keep his composure while relating the particulars amid the bedlam at Watford’s home ground:
Jon Marks’ call of the final minute on BBC Three Counties radio is even more intense:
And this fan-captured footage offers a worm’s-eye view of the madness:
It goes without saying moments like these are why we watch. Unless you’re a Leicester fan, in which case, uh, our condolences. No word if Mila Kunis, recruited as a Watford fan by a nervous BBC reporter in a terrifically awkward interview last month, was on the scene.