Worst football tackle ever? Ukrainian woman makes cynical foul against NIR
The women of Northern Ireland secured their spot at Euro 2022 with a historic victory over Ukraine on Tuesday night.
Kenny Shiels’ side are the first in Northern Irish women’s football history to reach a major international tournament, and they achieved this monumental feat with a 2-0 victory over a side currently occupying 25 places in the above them in the FIFA World Ranking.
Goals from Marissa Callaghan and Nadene Caldwell earned them a 4-1 overall victory over both sets to secure their place at Euro 2022, which will take place in England, just 17 years after the squad was reformed.
It was a historic night for Northern Ireland, but also frustrating for Ukraine, and it manifested itself as the match was drawing to a close.
Indeed, Ukraine’s Natiya Pantsulaya made one of the most glaring cynical mistakes you are likely to see on a soccer field in the 87th minute.
As the ball was played by Northern Ireland striker Sarah McFadden, Pantsulaya appeared to have a decent advantage in a run to chase the stray ball away.
But perhaps out of fear of being beaten on the ball and leaving McFadden face to face with the goalkeeper, Pantsulaya deflected his running line about five yards to the right to clean up his counterpart in a way that didn’t would not be moved to Six Nations.
What was so bizarre about the incident, however, was the fact that the ball seemed easier to hit than the opponent.
We can only assume that the frustration got the better of Pantsulaya with Ukraine fixing the barrel of defeat.
You can take a look at this outrageous old-fashioned defense moment below:
Pantsulaya didn’t hesitate for a second and immediately led her down the tunnel after cleaning McFadden.
The referee made one of the easiest decisions she was likely to make and waved a red card as things went from bad to worse for the visiting Ukrainians.