Posted May 13, 2013

This Is The Most Epic Finish To A Sporting Event So Far In 2013

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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.

7 comments
AnthonyKuempel
AnthonyKuempel

Except it happened the week before in League 1 and it became a title decider. 

ScottMulholland
ScottMulholland

I've watched this 5 times now- it get's better every time. Fantastic, unimaginable turn of events in the ending to this game. Throw in the fact that its a Championship playoff for promotion to the Premier League with a profit of almost $100 million for the team that's promoted and it's just  surreal.  I thought the weekend's FA Cup final had last minute drama but this is outrageous!! Football, bloody hell! 

jrs1972
jrs1972

Wish I would have got a warning that this was about soccer before I clicked the link. *sigh*

SimonClark8
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I could watch this a million times and never get tired of it.

ScottMulholland
ScottMulholland

@SimonClark8 I feel lucky to be able to have witnessed this scene. I don't think I will ever see a more dramatic end to a football game. Ever.