The Montenegrin First League (or the “Prva crnogorska fudbalska liga” for those looking to brush up on their Montenegrin) doesn’t exactly compete with the leagues at the apex of European soccer. However, on Wednesday, the obscure competition provided one of the moments of the season when a Buducnost Podgorica supporter ran onto the field and buried a free kick over the wall just before time expired.
As Buducnost Podgorica inched closer to sealing the Montenegrin First League title in its final game of the season (an inconsequential 1-0 loss to Lovcen), two of the club’s supporters couldn’t wait until the final whistle to storm the field.
While one “ultra” ran around shaking a flare, his partner in crime executed one of the best pitch invasions in recent memory. After faking his surrender to a security guard, the face-painted supporter lifted Budocnost’s Mitar Pekovie in a bear hug, shoved several players out of his way, and then — in what turned out to be the final kick before the official’s final whistle — curled home a beauty of a free kick from just outside the area.
Montenegro could have used the supporter during its failed qualification campaign for this summer’s European Championships. The nation, located in southeastern Europe, finished second in qualifying group G (behind England, but besting Switzerland, Wales, and Bulgaria), only to be defeated by the Czech Republic 3-0 at the two-legged playoff stage. The failure to qualify means budding Fiorentina superstar Stevan Jovetic and Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic will miss out on the summer’s premier competition.
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