WATCH: Stray dog's pitch invasion stops play in FIFA U-17 World Cup opener between New Zealand and Turkey
The first game at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai between New Zealand and Turkey turned out to be a game of two halves with Turkey dominating the first half whereas the Oceania giants making up in the second. In the humid conditions of Mumbai, the teams showed signs of fatigue later in the game with the action becoming slower and the crowd becoming ever so silent. At that exact moment, the mood around the stadium changed after an appearance by none other than a pitch invader.
No, there wasn't a person entering the playing area like what happened in the England vs Malta game last month but instead, a DOG decided to invade the pitch and run around a few rounds of the stadium. The authorities tried to catch him but he turned out to be faster and trickier than any player on the field. The dog tricked many on-field stewards with his body feints and slick body movements to beat them with ease and stay on the field for an extended period.
The players were looking in complete astonishment with the dog refusing to leave the field. After 3-4 minutes, the officials managed to take him off the field much to the end of the crowd's amusement. People in the stadium were enjoying the show between the dog and the match officials with the animal surely getting the better of the venue staff. In a big tournament of this stature, the invading animal also managed to make a name for himself; fun for the crowd, major embarrassment for the authorities.
Meanwhile, the match between New Zealand and Turkey ended all square with one goal apiece for both the sides. Turkey scored from a corner whereas New Zealand scored courtesy of a quickly taken free kick. New Zealand's captain, Max Mata was also sent off in stoppage time to bring an end to an exciting first match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup which had a bit of everything.