Soccer player's heads-up play allowed him to score a game-tying goal while the keeper was taking a water break

A Chinese Super League team pulled off a brilliant match-tying goal when the other team’s goalkeeper took a break to get a drink of water.

The goal, via the UK Guardian and, came with Liaoning Whowin trailing 1-0 with just seven minutes to go in their Chinese Super League match against Chongqing Lifan. Liaoning was awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box.

With the fouled player still sitting on the ground and Lifan players arguing the call, Lifan’s goalkeeper, Sui Weijie, stepped away from goal to take a drink of water.

Seeing that the keeper was not in goal, Liaoning midfielder Ding Haifeng decided not to wait for the defence to step back and form a wall and instead played the ball as is and shot the ball into the empty net to tie the match.

According to the Guardian, Sui was fined 50,000 yuan ($US8,060). He seemingly had no idea what had just happened.

The goal was extremely costly for Lifan. By taking the tie instead of the win, Lifan lost two points in the league table. While they are only about halfway through the season, Lifan now sits in 14th place, just one point out of the relegation zone which would see them demoted next season to the second division.

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