Spanish side repeat Liverpool mistake as they wrongly celebrate after fake news

Real Oviedo’s players and fans were left red-faced after they wrongly celebrated believing they had secured a play-off spot in La Liga 2 on the weekend.

The Spanish second division side beat Ibiza 3-2 on the final day of the season on Sunday, but needed other results to go their way to finish in the top six. It took a 95th-minute penalty from Borja Baston to seal the dramatic victory, which appeared to have everything going to plan.

For a place in the play-offs, Oviedo needed to win and for either Girona or Las Palmas to lose. Las Palmas picked up a 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon, with a 37th-minute goal, meaning all eyes were on Girona’s match at Burgos.

With Oviedo’s players all crowding around a phone waiting for news from their rivals’ match, a cheer came from the stands. Nervous tensions turned quickly to joyous celebrations, with the home fans believing what they wanted to believe: that Burgos had done them a favour by scoring against Girona and they had a shot at returning to La Liga for the first time since 2001.

The cameras panned to the crowd, who were in a state of confused elation, with some wildly celebrating while others desperately refreshed their screens to try and see confirmation of the news. Meanwhile, the Oviedo players sprinted towards their fans and began piling on top of each other.

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The enjoyment was short-lived, however, with news eventually reaching the fans and players that they had not secured a play-off spot. Burgos had not scored and the 0-0 draw was enough for Girona to cling onto sixth place, just ahead of Oviedo.

They won’t take much comfort from it, but Oviedo are far from the only side to have been caught out by fake news recently. The most high-profile example came on the final day of the Premier League season whenLiverpool fans set off flaresin the belief that Aston Villa had scored against Manchester City to tilt the title race in their favour.

The Reds knew they needed just one Aston Villa goal to hand them the title and a number of fans were sucked in by a false rumour that Villa had made it 3-3 in the dying moments at the Etihad Stadium. They weren’t the first, and it seems as though they won’t be the last.

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