Pepe: Hilarious Footage of FC Porto Star Diving Like a ‘Dolphin’ Leaves Fans in Stitches
- FC Porto's Portuguese League Cup victory over Sporting Lisbon was punctuated by a hilarious incident involving one of their attackers
- Pepe, who joined Porto from the Brazilian club Gremio, stole the headlines for the wrong reasons
- His action during the final left football fans in stitches
An incident which occurred during the Portuguese League Cup final between FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon has left football fans laughing uncontrollably..
Ten-man Sporting lost the game 2-0 to rivals FC Porto at the Estadio Dr Magalhaes Pessoa following goals from Eustaquio and Marcano either side of a Paulinho red card.
But the highlight of the keenly-contested match saw one of Porto's attackers, Pepe, hilariously trying to evade a tackle from his marker by diving.
In a video making the rounds on social media, the 25-year-old, who was trying to bypass the tree of legs in front of the Sporting penalty box lost his footing before opting to dive.
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The manner of his dive, which came without any contact from a Sporting player, irked football fans while others made lightweight of the incident.
Football fans react to Pepe's dive
@whooisdudu claimed diving is synonymous with players of FC Porto:
"diving like that is rooted in that “team”
Another user @Chine7767, who was less enthused by the dive called the player:
@Psalmopet described the incident as a joke:
"What a joke"
"He's an ocean diver!"
@robinvanpolar eulogized the dive:
"The GOAT of Divers."
Here is the video:
What is a dive in football?
Diving is one of the most controversial aspects of football.
The term is used when a player attempts to gain an unfair advantage on the opposition team by falling to the ground easily, per GOAL.
It usually involves the player feigning injury, giving the impression to the referee that a foul has been committed.
While it is universally regarded as an ill in the sport, many footballers have deployed it and to a larger extent perfected it into art by some players.
De Bruyne slammed for diving
Sports Brief earlier reported that Kevin De Bruyne produced another man-of-the-match performance as Manchester City left it late to secure an important 2-1 win against Fulham despite playing most of the match with 10 men.
However, the Belgian was later heavily criticized for theatrically winning the penalty, and some thought it was a blatant dive.
The manner the Belgian won the penalty angered many rival fans who felt he went down too easily as City were chasing a winner, according to Sportbible.