Dutch Club Salute Fans with Cool Goal Celebration (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 16, 2012

A week later, this celebration remains fresh.

The setting was Venlo, a city in southeastern Holland. The time was last Sunday. The scene was VVV Venlo's home match against Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Venlo won the match 3-1, with Brian Linssen scoring the decisive second goal. The strike—nice shot, by the way—came in the 55th minute, and Venlo followed it up with a solid celebration involving several players.

Here's what happened.

After curling the ball past the keeper, Linssen ran over to the corner, picked up the flag and started scooping away imaginary snow. He didn't have to imagine too hard, though: Before the match, Venlo fans had helped shovel snow away from the pitch.

So, without the fans, Venlo wouldn't have been able to play and Linssen wouldn't have been able to score his goal. Thus the hat tip to the fans by way of a slick goal celebration.

Imaginative and appropriately grateful. What's not to like?

The video appears above. It serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Sunday. Enjoy.

Venlo headed into last Sunday's match in relegation trouble. After the victory over Vitesse and a draw at FC Groningen this weekend, they now sit in 14th place, one point above the drop zone. Vitesse just two points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.

And if you were wondering, Linssen did not receive a yellow card for the celebration. Probably the best evidence yet that Dutch referees know how to party.

(h/t Metro)