The trophy breaks 18 seconds after the handover
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Zenit St. Petersburg struggles to win in the Russian Cup final against a second division team. Captain Ivanovic celebrates after handing over the trophy and loses control. It is not the first accident with the trophy.
Dhe championship had been fixed for weeks. Zenit St. Petersburg dominated the Russian league at will and won the title by 15 points ahead of Moscow locomotive. The season was to be crowned with a victory in the cup final and a double.
The Russian series champion struggled for a long time in the final against the second division club FK Chimki and only won 1-0 through a late winning goal. Artjom Dsjuba made a perfect penalty in the 84th minute with a transformed penalty kick and thus also the double.
Although St. Petersburg was the clear favorite in the final game, the joy after the victory was huge. In the Yekaterinburg stadium, the team looked forward to the presentation of the cup. Captain Branislav Ivanovic accepted and raised the crystal vessel with the cheers of his teammates.
The 36-year-old jumped several times in the air with the trophy in his hands, obviously forgetting the trophy. 18 seconds after he received the trophy, he handed it over again. The crystal jar fell on the lawn, the lid of the cup broke. Ivanovic was reasonably embarrassed, the Serb turned slightly ashamed.
In 2011 the bottom of the cup broke
The Zenit players then posed with the cup without a lid for the souvenir photos – and poured drinks into the container in the locker room. The part is just not as robust as others made of metal; but the lid probably only bothered anyway because the cup was used for drinking, commented the “Komsomolskaya Pravda” the breakdown.
It was not the first cup incident. The ground broke in 2011 when CSKA Moscow celebrated the victory in Yaroslavl. In 2007 it broke when the then Lokomotiv Moscow captain dropped it.
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