France U-21 defender learns why you should never mock your opponents before the final whistle

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

France took a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying playoff against Sweden, but three goals for the home side in the first 71 minutes of the second leg put Sweden ahead. Finally, in the 87th minute, defender Layvin Kurzawa scored to put the aggregate score at 3-3 with France ahead on the away goal. Convinced that this goal would seal France's place in next year's tournament, Kurzawa mockingly saluted several Sweden players as he celebrated. This proved to be a catastrophic mistake.

JUST ONE MINUTE LATER, perhaps powered by the invisible wrath of Zlatan, Sweden's Oscar Lewicki scored his second goal of the match to restore their lead. Sweden won the second leg 4-1 to confirm a place in the tournament with an aggregate score of 4-3.

Naturally, the entire team turned Kurzawa's obnoxious salute right back at him in force.

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 And that's how Layvin Kurzawa learned the hard way that karma is real.

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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