Sunday 18 August 2019

Watch: Argentina footballer dribbles over pigeon in Copa America

Fortunately for Rodrigo De Paul the bird appeared to escape the crushing unscathed.

(Silvia Izquierdo/AP and Jonathan Brady/PA)
(Silvia Izquierdo/AP and Jonathan Brady/PA)

By Edd Dracott, PA

Reaching the semi-final of the Copa America is a achievement, but being tripped up by a pigeon in the process is an altogether different kind of coup.

Argentina footballer Rodrigo De Paul managed both during his side’s quarter-final victory over Venezuela on Friday night, after he dribbled the ball over a feathered pitch invader.

Although it may have been a moment of concern for the winger, fortunately the bird appeared unharmed by the incident and promptly flew off.

The grey mascot proved to be something of a lucky charm for Argentina as they beat the Venezuelans 2-0 in Brazil.

Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso carried La Albiceleste to victory at the Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro, with shots from Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero setting up the finishes for the pair.

Argentina will now face Brazil in the semi-final of the competition on Tuesday night – the early hours of Wednesday morning in Europe.

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