The World Baseball Classic (WBC), which started a couple of days ago after the long baseball off-season, is underway and Team Netherlands defeated Panama 3-1 on Thursday in both the team's second match of the competition. After a solo home run by Jurickson Profar, the Dutch side replicated legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's iconic celebration to treat their fans.
Both Panama and the Netherlands kicked off their WBC campaign on a winning note as the latter triumphed over Cuba 4-2 while the former dominated the home team Chinese Taipei 12-5.
During the match, Team Netherlands scored their first run in the third followed by Jurickson Profar's solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead to 2-0. After completing the run, Profar was joined by the entire bench to hit the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's infamous goal celebration, 'SIUUUU'.
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Talking about the game, Xander Bogaerts also displayed a tremendous performance as he made three hits (a single and a double), an RBI, and two runs scored to help his team win the game. The Netherlands will next face Chinese Taipei on Saturday, while Panama will go head-to-head against Cuba on Friday.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward's influence is quite strong in the sports world as many people emulated his iconic goal celebration after winning or making a difference in their game. Meanwhile, Ronaldo faced his first Saudi Pro League defeat on Thursday night as Al-Nassr lost 1-0 to Al-Ittihad, who claimed the top spot in the points table after the win.