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Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is trying to make game-winning buzzer beaters a thing in soccer too (video)

Feb 15, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT


It was a regular old 1-1 stalemate going into the 93rd minute of Tottenham’s Europa League soccer matchup against Lyon when, after a foul outside the box, Lyon midfielder Gareth Bale got a chance at a last-second free kick to the win the game. And we do mean last-second, because they were in extra time and the ref has said this would be the final play.

And holy smokes did Bale deliver for his team and his fans, with a top-left corner laser beam that also made the goalie do an acrobatic and futile faceplant. Even the Russian judge loved that shot.

This brings up the philosophical quandary, is it still a buzzer beater if there is no buzzer to beat? I’m of the opinion that most if not all sporting events would prosper with the addition of an obnoxious buzzer that tells us when things are over. In fact, why not use a buzzer everywhere, for everything? It worked in high school, didn’t it? And I basically have not changed since then so it would be quite familiar. Imagine hanging out at a party when, all of a sudden, you hear a hockey foghorn and everybody just gets the message and walks out. I know I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

You can catch full video of the shot and its aftermath right here.

H/T Business Insider

  1. habibelm - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    The opening paragraph of this article is riddled with so many inaccuracies, I don’t even know where to start. If this is how NBC is planning on covering the Premier League next season, it’s a travesty for the fans. Never before have I seen an article convey such a clear lack of understanding of how the game is played.

    • Kaya Valda - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      “after a foul in the box” – If that had been the case it would have been a penalty kick rather than a free kick. Is Josiah the right person to be writing about this game that he doesn’t understand?

      And no, Soccer does not need a buzzer.