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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.

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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