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Iranian World Cup Footballer Tries A Bizarre Throw In Against Spain

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Iranian World Cup Footballer Tries A Bizarre Throw In Against Spain

If you were a professional footballer, representing your country at the World Cup would be the crowning achievement of your career - the zenith, something to tell your grandchildren about as you sit beside the fire in your twilight years.

With that in mind, it's worth doing something memorable so that they can really be proud of the contribution that their granddad made to FIFA World Cup folklore.

Now, not everyone can score the winning goal in the World Cup final like Andres Iniesta, or 'a goal for all of Africa' like Siphiwe Tshabalala.

However, everyone can do something utterly ridiculous and funny that catches the attention and admiration of all watching. This is exactly the route that Iranian Milad Mohammadi took.

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With time ticking away in their crucial Group B match in Kazan, Mohammadi wound up for a throw in to try to give his side a last chance at equalising against a Spain team that led by a single goal.

He kissed the ball, pointed to the sky, and performed a forward roll before throwing the ball into play.

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Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out as it probably did in his head slightly before he took action. He didn't release the ball in the end and was forced to abort his plans and try something a bit more conventional.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Regardless, he has taken his place amongst the pantheon of World Cup heroes by even considering the idea.

His piece of throw in-spiration will hopefully now spark a tidal wave of bizarre restarts that will take the tournament by storm.

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Sadly for Mohammadi and his team mates, Iran went on to lose the game 1 - 0, with the game being decided by Diego Costa's fortuitous goal that ricocheted off him and past the despairing Iranian goalkeeper.

Despite their loss, Iran actually stand in a relatively good position to qualify from their group against all odds.

Credit: BBC Match of the Day/Twitter
Credit: BBC Match of the Day/Twitter

Sure, Spain and Portugal have got more points than them, but if they are to qualify, all they have to do is overcome the Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portuguese.

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Well, stranger things have happened at this topsy-turvy tournament.

Either way, they will have a lot more fans cheering for them after their spirited display against La Roja, as well as Mohammadi's bizarre throw in.

One admiring twitter user said: "94th minute and you need an equaliser... A roly-poly throw in, you say? WHAT?"

Another said: "Iran with the greatest throw in, in World Cup history."

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Milad Mohammadi, we salute you.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Iran, SPORT, Russia 2018, Football, FIFA, World Cup, Spain, Russia

Tom Wood
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