Dog runs onto pitch during Chile vs Venezuela but players love pitch invader
Pitch invasions have recently become somewhat of a regular occurrence, and unfortunately some have turned violent as both Aston Villa and Sheffield United players were assaulted at the end of last season.
However, not all invaders have the same intentions, and one encroacher was a very good boy during a match between Chile and Venezuela. The clash between the two South American nations was interrupted by a dog who managed to close its owner, and it's clear that it just wanted some love and affection.
With the first half coming to a close, the game was stopped as the dog made its way onto the field. And players took turns stroking the dog as they couldn't help but fuss over the pitch invader.
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It's not the first time that we have seen animals enter the field, as cats have been spotted at both Everton and Liverpool in the past. But there seems to be something about dogs and Chile, as they continue to make the headlines during football matches.
This time the dog was just looking for a belly rub, and it certainly got the attention it was looking for. But last year a dog actually ended up scoring a goal for Chilean side Deportivo San Miguel de Rio Viejo.
Deportivo were preparing to take a free kick when they were joined for the set piece by a four-legged friend. An Alsatian was wondering on the edge of the opponent’s defence, heading towards the six-yard box as the ball was floated in.
The free-kick missed all the players, but amazingly it landed on the dog’s head, deflecting away from the goalkeeper’s reach to give them a goal. The moment went viral, and surely the dog became the leading scorer for the Alsatian breed.
And again, a dog has gone viral for intruding on a football game in Chile, but this time it only paused the game rather than directly impacting it. The game remained goalless until the 82nd minute, when Mariana Speckmaier scored the only goal of the game.
It was only a friendly, which ended up being the nature of the incident with the dog too. But soon the games will turn competitive, as the women's Copa America gets underway in July.
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