He doesn’t always drink Dasani—but when he does, he prefers not to consume it as a projectile.
Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz was setting up to hook in a corner kick during the 79th minute of Tuesday night’s World Cup Qualifying match against Mexico but ended up nearly hooking down a bottle thrown from the crowd (via NextImpulseSports).
The game was tied 0-0, and the sap was rising in the crowd at Estadio Azteca. The Mexican fans were frustrated with their team and decided to unleash some steam by whipping everything they had nearby onto the field
The debris began falling before Ruiz even got to the spot, and as he leaned over to place the ball, a bottle smacked off the top of his head. Ruiz was more angry than shaken up by the incident, but the Costa Rican captain used it to his advantage by walking away and refusing to kick in order to bleed time off the clock.
The delay in the game was long, with El Tri fans becoming increasingly furious as the clock ticked on. After much laser pointing and screaming, a wall of guards in riot gear surrounded Ruiz at the corner spot, their shields held aloft, and the kick was taken.
Only in Mexico do they need riot shield police to block flying objects from the stands so Costa Rica can take a corner kick— PJ Morin (@pjmorin13) June 12, 2013
Riot shields needed to protect Costa Rican corner kick taker from flying garbage. Never change, Mexico.— Perry Laskaris (@PerryLaskaris) June 12, 2013
Some people viewing the game found the incident strangely charming; others were galled that martial law had to be on hand for a soccer match.
Seven minutes of stoppage time was added to the end of regulation, but the game still ended in a tie—something the El Tri fans were not happy about.
If Mexico settles for another draw the whole country's going to riot— Gavin Willí (@SCgav) June 12, 2013
Hooliganism is an aspect that’ll never be washed from the fabric of the game, but come on, Mexico. This is a World Cup qualifier, not The Purge.