He had a free goal and missed the goal on purpose: the unusual move in Romanian football that could win the FIFA Fair Play award

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Cosmin Matei, attacker of Sepsi OSK, was the protagonist of this action that went viral on social networks in the match against Petrolul Ploiesti for Date 18 of the Super League

The missed goal in Romanian soccer that went viral

In times where success and tension in football mostly drive players to try to take advantage of their rivals, there was a gesture of sportsmanship in the Romanian league that surprised the whole world through the social networks. A striker named Cosmin Matei, who currently plays for Sepsi OSK, had everything set to score but decided to send the ball wide on purpose.

The move that soon went viral on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTokIt happened on a match corresponding to Date 18 of the Romanian Super League, the highest category in the country. Sepsi OSK hosted FC Petrolul Ploiesti in the municipality of Sfântu Gheorghe, where they prevailed 2-0 thanks to a brace scored by Venezuelan Mario Rondón.

In an action at the end of the first half, already in stoppage time, Rondón sent a past cross from the left wing that put the ball at the feet of Matei, who found himself with the goal practically free –he only had the mark of the Portuguese Marian Huja in front of him– but decided to throw the ball wide. It's that he noticed that the opposing goalkeeper, Octavian Valceanu, was in pain on the ground.

The goalkeeper of FC Petrolul Ploiesti seemed hurt himself colliding with Slovak attacker Pavol Šafranko when he was trying to get that cross from Rondón's left flank. Obviously, Cosmin MateiHe noticed that he was down and preferred to throw the ball into the goal kick. However, in the replays they show that there was little contact or did not appear to be violent enough to injure Valceanu.

He had the free arc and missed the goal on purpose: the unusual play in soccer Romanian who could win the FIFA Fair Play award

Sepsi OSK beat FC Petrolul Ploiesti 2-0 on Matchday 18 of the Romanian Super League.

He is a striking gesture because they were ahead on the scoreboard but there was still a whole time to play. To top it off, Matei, who is 31 years old and played two matches for his country, was left without scoring because a goal was disallowed in the second half after a review in the VAR. He ended up being substituted in second half stoppage time.

“That was how it felt. It was my decision… I think football rewards you if you're fair and we won tonight and that's all that matters. In the end things turned out exactly as we planned”, Cosmin Matei commented on his move that went viral on social media after the 2-0 win against FC Petrolul Ploiesti.

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