Young Marseille fan dribbles length of pitch to score from ceremonial kick-off (VIDEO)
The youngster was given the honor of conducting the ceremonial kick-off – a tradition in the French Ligue 1 – ahead of the clash between Marseille and Rennes at the Stade Velodrome.
Instead of simply passing the ball to the waiting Marseille players, he set off on a run toward the Rennes goal before calmly slotting past away ‘keeper Tomas Koubek.
The youngster then whipped his shirt off before launching into a classic knee-slide celebration, topped off with a fist-pump into the camera.
This young fan was only supposed to take the ceremonial kick-off in Marseille... Instead, he ran the length of the pitch, scored a goal and celebrated in style. pic.twitter.com/Kny4Suc2Sn— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 27, 2018
The crowd roared their approval as the youngster tucked the ball away, while the assembled line-ups for both teams stood bewildered at the show of scoring prowess.
The fan was later named as Yassin, who lost his father in a car crash 10 years ago. He had been a big Marseille fan, and Yassin's goal was in honor of his tragic death.
Lahcen and Imad passed away in 2008 in a terrible accident. 10 years later, Yassin honoured his father in front of his big OM family.You're bravery inspires and empowers us all, young man!⚪️🔵 | #TeamOMpic.twitter.com/rLJiu3SgYV— Olympique Marseille (@OM_English) August 27, 2018
Yassin may well have taken his cue from a display by an older Marseille supporter back in September.
Charity fundraiser Kamel Zaroual performed a similar stunt before the game against Toulouse, also running the length of the pitch before slotting home.
The home team went on to draw Sunday’s game 2-2, coming from two goals down thanks to a second-half strike from Lucas Ocampos and an own goal from Ramy Bensebaini.
The result leaves Marseille in 11th in the Ligue 1 table on four points after three games played.