The “hero” of Uruguay in the Qualifiers: a ball catcher

There are video games the place the ball catchers take, surprisingly, a number one position. If the host staff is main, greater than as soon as balls have been seen to “magically” disappear from the sector, in an motion that delays the minute counter and, in fact, is opposite to truthful play. Even so, more often than not it achieves its aim and is helpful for the native.

In scorching Qualifiers just like the South American ones heading to the World Cup in Qatar, “strategies” like this one wouldn’t take lengthy to seem and Paul Ortíz, a ball catcher who was on the Montevideo Centenary, grew to become Uruguay’s “hero” for hiding the balls in La Celeste’s tight win (1-0) over Peru on Thursday, the one which certified Diego Alonso’s males for the following World Cup.

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Paul Ortíz played a leading role in Uruguay's victory over Peru.  Photo: Ovation.

Paul Ortíz performed a number one position in Uruguay’s victory over Peru. Photo: Ovation.

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The 19-year-old, within the final minutes of the sport, needed to return a ball to the Peruvian goalkeeper, Pedro Gallese, who yelled at him a number of instances and claimed that he was losing time. However, Ortíz dropped the ball into the pit with water and he now not had one other shut by, so he acquired a problem from the referee of the match, the Brazilian Anderson Daronco.

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“I heard the results over the loudspeaker and then I thought: we’re going one to zero and the game is tight, I have to play as long as possible because we have to win no matter what; this game can’t escape us”, expressed the ball catcher in dialogue with Ovación.


The lure was not free for Paul, since he was later expelled by the fourth referee and Conmebol employees. However, earlier than leaving the legendary Charrúa stage, he acquired applause from the followers current within the stands after which even took images and acquired items from the gamers.

Paul Ortiz with Nicolas de la Cruz.  Photo: Ovation.

Paul Ortiz with Nicolas de la Cruz. Photo: Ovation.

“It’s crazy that the stadium was giving me an ovation. I still don’t believe it”, added the younger man. Among his selfies with the Celeste soccer gamers have been Nicolás de la Cruz, Federico Valverde, Facundo Torres and Facundo Pellistri… And he even bought a t-shirt!

Fede Valverde, another of those who took a selfie with the ball catcher.  Photo: Ovation.

Fede Valverde, one other of those that took a selfie with the ball catcher. Photo: Ovation.

In an interview with 12PM from Azul FM, he additionally chatted with José María Giménez, defender of the Uruguayan nationwide staff, who informed Ortíz that he was his “idol” and promised him one other jacket. “How beautiful is football (…) Idol, you are my idol now”, The Atlético Madrid defender informed him, who even joked about taking him to the Colchonero.

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