In the game of soccer, revenge is the most beautiful thing and sequel to the previous post here are 5 other instances that prove it.
Match : Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
Occasion : Champions League Finals 2012/2013 season. May 25, 2013
Deed : In April 2012, as the season drew to an end in the Bundesliga, Subotic made a mockery of an Arjen Robben crucial penalty miss that allowed Dortmund emerge winners by a lone goal, and subsequently winning the league title.
Revenge : Around a year later, both teams met in the Champions League finals, and after a feisty match that threatened to extend into extra time with the scores at 1 goal apiece, Robben scored an 89th minute winner, right in front of Subotic. Boateng was quick to get back at the defender at full time as a reminder of his taunts the season before.
Match : Manchester United vs Leeds United
Occasion : EPL game. April 2001.
Deed: In the 9th league game of the season in September 1997, Roy Keane damaged his anterior cruciate ligament trying to tackle Leeds defender Alfie Håland. Haland talked down on an injured Keane who was helplessly lying on the ground. The level of damage the injury caused meant the United star would spend up to a year on the sidelines afterwards.
Revenge : Almost 4 years later in another league Derby between the 2 sides, the Irish legend launched a malicious tackle at Haland’s right knee in a sheer act of vengeance. But he didn’t have the last laugh as he was red-carded, and was handed an 8-match ban alongside a fine totalling £155,000.
Match : Fernerbahce vs Trabzonspor
Occasion : Turkish Super Lig game. May 6 , 2012
Deed: On April 15, 2012 after a league game, Trabzonspor’s Didier Zokora accused Fernerbahce’s Emre Belozoglu, a serial racist offender of racially abusing him on a number of occasions all game long. The Turkey international vehemently denied it, and the Turkish Football Federation only handed him a 2-game ban for lack of proper evidences.
Revenge : Barely a month later, both sides met again, and this time Fernerbahce players took the earlier injustice of the TFF all out on the former Newcastle player. He was at the receiving end of a bout of kicks all day. But the highlight of them all was when an aggrieved Zokora launched his boot into Belozoglu’s groins. (Did I hear an Ouch?)
It didn’t end there though. 2 years later, a Turkish court handed Belozoglu’s a two-and-a-half-month suspended prison sentence for the racial slur – a crime in those climes.
Match : Manchester United vs Liverpool
Occasion : EPL game. February 11, 2012
Deed: Having just served an 8-match ban for racially abusing Evra during the 1st leg of the league game in October, Luis Suarez refused to shake the hand of the French defender ahead of the 2nd leg game in February.
Revenge : Manchester United came out tops in the 2 – 1 encounter, and a delighted Evra jogged in front of the visibly pained Uruguayan cheering on the home crowd in a bid to add salt to the striker’s injury.
Match: Barcelona vs Chelsea
Occasion : Champions League Semifinals 2nd leg. April 24, 2012.
Deed: On May 6, 2009, both sides met for the 2nd leg of the semifinals clash at the Stamford Bridge. Having played out a goal-less draw at the Camp Nou, Iniesta’s strike at the death sealed a spot in the final for Barcelona despite Chelsea’s lead for the majority of the game through Essien’s wonder goal in the opening minute.
The centre referee for the game Tom Henning Øvrebø, had a lot of penalty and booking appeals against Barcelona waved off, and this infuriated Chelsea players, particular Didier Drogba.
Revenge : 3 years later, both teams met again in the semis, and Chelsea were holding a slim 1 – 0 lead from the first leg going to Camp Nou. That all seemingly went down the drain within 40 minutes as Chelsea were 2 goals and a man down following Terry’s sending off.
However, Ramires pulled one back just right before the break, and Chelsea were 45 minutes away from their first ever Champions League finals due to the away-goal rules. It almost took a turn when Drogba committed a foul in the box, and Messi had the chance to send Barcelona to the finals from the spot. The resulting kick hit the crossbar, and few minutes later, Torres was through on goal and he did convert the chance. And that was it – a revenge well served.