Ballboy saves player with quick thinking after breathing difficulties
A ball boy has received a lot of praise after he jumped onto the pitch during a Spanish regional soccer game in Huelva at the weekend to help a visiting team player who was having trouble breathing.
In the 85th minute of Sunday's game between hosts La Palma CF and UP Viso, Alejandro Pineda fell onto the pitch in pain after being hit by the ball in his stomach.
Moises Aguilar came to his aid by laying down and acting as a cushion, thus raising his head and allowing Pineda to breathe more easily.
Aguilar said he had learned the manoeuvre from YouTube.
"The player told me he could not breathe so I lay down on the pitch as a pillow until the medical team arrived," the 12-year-old told hueva24.com. "I saw that in YouTube videos of rugby and South American football.
"When the game was over, the player came to me in the tunnel and gave me a hug. I saw that lives had been saved by doing that and I didn't think twice about it."
Pineda thanked the boy for coming to the rescue and told the local press: "I was hit badly and I was without air. It was a beautiful action that should be seen more in football stadiums today. I didn't expect this and more so being a visiting player and especially coming from a young ball boy. It was something very surprising and I'm very grateful."
Another to offer praise was La Palma CF player Jose Vela, who recalled the episode on Twitter: "Viso had launched a counter-attack and everyone in the stadium was watching the ball. Everyone except one person, the boy that went to assist the player who could not breathe."
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