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Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester City: Historic Balloon Incident On Video


In the opening five minutes of Sunderland against Liverpool today, a red balloon played a decisive role in the first goal when Darren Bent’s shot at goal resulted in the ball being diverted when it hit the red balloon in the penalty box. The ball went one way towards the goal, while the balloon went the other way and past the post. Unfortunately for Reina, distracted by the ball striking the balloon, his reflexes caused him to move toward the balloon, not the ball.

Looking back at recent history, a balloon caused a lot of bother during the January 2008 FA Cup match between Sheffield United and Manchester City. Watch the video above to see exactly what happened.

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  1. Raatzie

    October 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Think we’ll hear the Kop singing “99 Luftballoons” any time soon?

  2. Raatzie

    October 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Yes, the beach ball screwed Liverpool. But given their completely foreseeable inability to score sans Torres and Gerrard, it only cost them a point.

    I said it before, I’ll say it again – Liverpool is Leeds United, the next generation. A shame League One isn’t televised much in the States.

    Hope they go get Mourinho.

    Would settle for the puppet.

    Knowing this ownership, they’ll opt for puppet Sven instead.

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