As football players, we’ve all been there at some stage of our lives. Sitting in the dressing room at half-time whilst your team is getting an absolute pasting, dreading the thought of going out for another gruelling 45 minutes.
The lucky ones get substituted, avoiding the second bombardment of attacks on your team’s goal in a game you simply have no chance of winning.
For Italian Serie C side Pro Piacenza, that was certainly the case this weekend as they found themselves 16-0 down by the break, eventually losing the match 20-0 by the time the referee brought their misery to an end.
Their opponents Cuneo took their foot off the gas to a certain extent in the second half, still putting four goals past their opponents who were forced to play in incredible circumstances.
Piacenza started the game with just SEVEN players on the pitch, six of which were teenagers and their captain, 18-year-old Nicola Cirigliano, was also forced to take on the role of player-manager.
As such, it’s not too difficult to see why they were on the receiving end of such a thrashing, losing in convincing style to their league leaders, whose strikers enjoyed a field day. Hicham Kanis had six to his name before half-time, while Edoardo Defendi netted five.