Viral Video of the Day: Keeper Levels Striker with Flying Kung Fu Kick to Head
There's only one thing you need to know about today's B/R Viral Video of the Day.
The video comes from Brazil's second tier of football, the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B. But that's not the one thing you need to know about it.
The teams involved in the video are America (the RN version, not the MG version) and Ceara. But that's not the one thing you need to know about it, either.
The players involved are Dida (not the one you're thinking of), the goalkeeper for America (RN) and Romaria (also not the one you're thinking of), the attacker for Ceara. Again, that's not the one thing you need to know about it.
What follows next mirrors a recent challenge by goalkeeper Agil Mammadov in the 2012-13 Europa League qualifiers, and Harald Schumacher's famous blitzkrieg on Patrick Battiston's head during the 1982 World Cup. Alas, that's still not the one thing you need to know about it.
As you'll see, Dida (sorry, still not that one) nearly separates the head from the body of Romario (sorry, still not that one, either) with a flying jump-kick. Again, not the one thing you need to know.
The one thing you need to know about the video is this: Following the reckless, dangerous, hideous challenge by Dida (not that one), the referee rushes into the box, reaches into his pocket ominously and…
…waves a yellow card at Dida (not that one).
Aiming and connecting with a flying kick to the head (or at least upper torso) of your opponent does not constitute a red-card offense in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B. Go figure.
But, hey, it's not like high-profile refs ever miss stuff like this in high-profile matches.
(h/t The Offside)
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