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Athlete's Celebration Leads to Scary Plunge

Anderson Lopes leaped over a sign, and then...
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 9, 2019 3:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Striker Anderson Lopes may be keeping his goal celebrations more down to earth in future. The Brazilian celebrated his second goal of a soccer game in Japan by jumping over advertising boards at the side of the field—totally unaware there was a 9-foot drop on the other side. In footage shared on social media, Lopes was briefly attended to by team officials.

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He appeared fine, got up, and claimed four goals in total at Sapporo Dome as Consadole Sapporo beat Shimizu S-Pulse 5-2 in the J-League on Saturday. In other matches, Shinzo Koroki scored with a penalty kick in the 72nd minute as Urawa Reds edged Yamaga Matsumoto 1-0, while Nagoya Grampus stayed undefeated with a 3-2 win over Gamba Osaka.

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