- FC Rostov first team players were forced into quarantine after several cases of coronavirus were confirmed within the team
- They were set to face FC Sochi, who refused to postpone the match
- Rostov ended up fielding their under 17 side which ended up losing the game 10-1
- The away side’s teenage goalkeeper, despite conceding 10 goals, earned the man of the match award
FC Rostov, Russia Premier League side were humbled 10-1 by opponent PSC Sochi after fielding their under 17 side.
In a match that had numerous outstanding moments, the Rostov goalkeeper Dennis Popov bagged the man of the match award, despite his horrible time on the pitch.
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Popov was recognized as the match’s star of the show as he set a record for the number of saves made in a single game.
So why would Rostov field an under 17 team for a crucial league match? The answer is quite simple – coronavirus.
It turns out that 42 of the first team members of FC Rostov had to be placed in mandatory quarantine after several tested positive for coronavirus.
Typically, with no one from the first team present to play the game, it was naturally expected that the match would be postponed.
Opponents FC Sochi however declined to cancel the game, prompting Rostov to resort to their youth team to play the game.
It should be noted that the youth side is by no means a weak one, but the fact that they had not trained since March meant the game could only go one way.
To say the under 17 side was unprepared would be a strong understatement.
Interestingly, it is Rostov who opened the scoring in the very first minute courtesy of teenager Romanov but it was disaster from then on.
And it would have been much worse had Popov not come up with a string of crucial saves throughout the match.
He also managed to save a penalty in the game, against the odds.
According to Russian sports writer Slava Malamud, the teenagers have been busy schooling via zoom the entire lockdown period and were prompted very suddenly to travel to Sochi to play.
On Twitter, Popov earned plaudits from fans who commended him for putting up a brave face despite the humiliating defeat.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang liked a tweet that appeared to be criticizing his Arsenal teammates two days after their 3-0 defeat to Man City.
The 31-year-old striker was part of the squad that were beaten at the Etihad and could not add to his tally of 20 goals this season.
The former Dortmund forward has been linked with a move away from the Emirates and Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked to the Gabonese star.
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