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WATCH: Russian Premier League fixture replaces referee’s coin toss with game of paper, scissors, stones

The video of the incident is doing the rounds on the Internet and has quickly gone viral.

Saurabh Ganguly Editor

Updated - 25 September 2021 1:32 pm

While a coin toss is an orthodox way of beginning many sporting contests including football, turns out it may have become a bit old-fashioned. The latest way to decide who will kick-off, is of course, based on a quick game of paper, scissors and stones. While one might mistake it as a joke, this is exactly what unfolded in a Russian Premier League match.

The incident happened prior to the match between Krylya Sovetov and FC Rostov on Saturday on what was matchday eight of the Russian Premier League season. Post four rounds of attempting to find a winner, it was Sovetov captain Aleksandr Soldatenkov who won kick-off for his team as he had opted to go for scissors while his opponent Makism Osipenko chose paper.

The video of the incident is doing the rounds on the internet and has quickly gone viral.

Check out the video here:

Notably, Sovetov proceeded to win the match at the Soldarnost Arena 4-2 as they netted three second-half goals to taste their third victory of the ongoing season. While this particular match had deployed the rock, paper, scissors formula, it was the traditional coin toss that were used in the other matches played in the league on Saturday.

Rostov, the visiting side, who had managed a Champions League berth in 2016, took the lead when Nikolay Komlichenko scored halfway through the first half. However, Sergey Pesyakov soon had a goal disallowed by VAR. Not much later, Sovetov drew level with Bastos putting into his own net.

However, the second half was a different story as Silvije Begic, Maksum Glushenkov and Vladislav Sarveli scored a goal each and starred in the hosts’ win, with Danil Glebov managing a consolation for Rostov.

In yet another hilarious incident, an invading dog stole the show in a football match as it not only showed great speed and athleticism but nutmegged a couple of footballers before it was taken out of the field.

The match was part of the Bosnian Premier League. The animal was taking a particular liking to the football and ran towards it quickly despite it being kicked a few yards away to separate the ball from the invader. However, all such efforts went in vain as the footballers themselves looked clueless against the skills of the dog. Later, security had to intervene to take it off the ground.


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