“For some, this is the worst penalty kick in the world”.
I saw the headline on Chilean site El Gráfico and expected to see something amazing from this weekend’s Primera action (where league-leading Rangers is probably now better than their more famous Scottish namesake). Instead, the outlet was highlighting a kick from the Austrian Bundesliga, one taken by Red Bull Salzburg’s Jonathan Soriano.
In Spanish, the headline read Para algunos este es el peor penal del mundo. That’s a pretty bold statement. What could the worst kick in the world possibly look like? Did Soriano fall in the run up? Trip over himself? Perhaps miss the ball entirely?
That’s what I was prepared for. I certainly never imagined this:
Silver lining: Soriano may have just secured a post-soccer career in the National Football League.
The score would have pulled Red Bull within one with 10 minutes left. Instead, Rapid Wien went on to a 2-0 win in Salzburg, leaving the two clubs as part of the four-way tie for first (with Austria Wien and Ried, each team 3-1-0 through four rounds).
Albert Ruiz scores fastest hat trick to start game in NCAA history
Not only that, but three goals all came before the game was 10 minutes old (9:02 to be exact). The team’s Twitter account says that’s a record to start a game, besting the record was set by Indiana’s Steve Burks on Oct. 6, 1973. Burks scored his three goals by the 11:41 mark of the first half.
If you look at the clock, too, we think it’s more like nine minutes on the dot.
Ruiz scored seven times in 11 games as a sophomore, and is battering that impressive mark this year. It’s not even halftime at FGCU, and he’s up to 11 goals in his ninth game of the season. That puts him into a tie with Buffalo’s Russell Cicerone for the most goals in men’s D1 soccer (and Ruiz has more than 45 minutes to play).
The 6-foot-2 forward is going to be attracting a lot of attention, especially considering this is his second hat trick in 10 days.
Asked about his name appearing on betting sites as a favorite to replace disgraced England boss Sam Allardyce — who left the job Tuesday — Ranieri responded with a nod to Leicester’s long odds-defying Premier League title run.
Ranieri is told bookmakers have listed him for England job. "The bookmakers? You know I have not a good relationship with the bookmakers!"