Tottenahm Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen was going to stop Aston Villa striker Nicklas Helenius from scoring by any means necessary, and his all-out defending produced one of the funniest moments ever seen on a soccer field.
Helenius was a step ahead of Vertonghen in Tottenham’s penalty area as he prepared to shoot, so the Belgian defender made one last, desperate attempt at denying the goal-scoring opportunity: He pulled Helenius’ shorts down.
The incident occurred on Tuesday during a League Cup game between Aston Villa and Tottenham. Spurs were leading 1-0 in the 46th minute when Vertonghen “DP’d” Helenius. Despite wearing his shorts around his knees, Helenius still managed to take a shot, which did not beat Tottenham’s veteran American goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
The referee didn’t show the 26-year-old stopper a yellow card nor did he award a penalty kick. Maybe he was laughing too hard.
Watch Vertonghen depants Helenius in the video below.
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