A soccer match between two Middle Eastern countries got an unexpected, and unwanted, jolt of energy Wednesday night after an explosive was thrown on the field and detonated during the game.
The quarterfinal match of the AFC Champions League between Iran’s Sepahan team and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli, in the Iranian city of Isfahan, was tied at 0-0 when a small black object landed on the field.
The object landed in the area where players were preparing to throw the ball back into play, so a player for the Iranian team, identified in reports as midfielder Adel Kolahkaj, picked it up and tossed it out of the way.
When the object landed onto the ground again, it detonated into a small cloud of flames near the field’s corner flag. Video of the game captured the moment as the player, Kolahkaj, quickly pulled his hand away while fellow players and two referees also scrambled to avoid injury.
No one was injured in the incident and the game continued on, eventually ending in a scoreless tie.
The person, or persons, who threw the explosive remain at large.