Dead footballer ‘scores’ goal in coffin as teammates bid emotional farewell

Teammates of a dead footballer celebrated his memory after they let him score one final goal on the pitch before he was buried.

Jaime Escandar died in the final days of 2021 but his pals with Chilean side Aparicion de Paine wanted to celebrate the life of the goal scoring forward.

His former teammates arranged for him to score a goal from his coffin as a farewell tribute to his striking prowess on January 3.

They positioned his coffin in the six-yard box and a teammate passed the ball to Escandar’s coffin so it would rebound into the net for his final goal.

The tribute was watched by dozens of onlookers who cheered enthusiastically as he scored for the last time.

Some fans even let off fireworks while friends dressed in Aparicion’s green shirt knelt and hugged the coffin draped with the team’s colours.

The video was filmed in Huelquen, on the outskirts of the capital Santiago, and quickly went viral with sites across Latin America, highlighting the passion and devotion shown by fans.

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Little is known about Escandar other than he was a much loved player and friend, who has been called “just an ordinary guy.”

News site 24 Horas reports that the 37-year-old died unexpectedly and the forward was also helping with coaching.

The club say the legacy he brought to Aparicion, will not be forgotten.

Felipe Orellana, who filmed the striker's last goal and celebrations said: “He brought us together.

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“What he leaves us is that unity…We didn’t think (the video) would get shared all around the world because he was just an ordinary guy.

“A very different goal, one that was celebrated with pity and tears,” said Escandar’s club in a Facebook post, adding that the centre forward “celebrated from heaven with all his soul.”

The post added: “Your legacy will never be forgotten.”

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