Russian soccer side FC Rostov was forced to field a team of teenagers due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club, and those teens lost 10-1 against Sochi on Friday night in what can only be described as the latest of strange events the club has dealt with.
The team had to use a squad with an average age of just over 17 years of age against a fellow professional side because its entire first team was put into isolation two days prior over a suspected virus outbreak among six players, according to The Associated Press.
According to Russian sports journalist Slava Malamud, some Rostov players failed to abide by quarantine measures and got infected. Malamud said most of the kids on the team were attending school via Zoom in recent days, hadn't trained since March and found out they'd be playing just three days prior.
Sochi refused to postpone the game, forcing Rostov to field the young team or forfeit. Rostov actually took an early 1-0 lead after 52 seconds thanks to a goal from Roman Romanov before conceding a league-record 10 goals.
The losing goalkeeper, Denis Popov, won man of the match despite conceding 10 goals, while setting a league record with 15 saves.
Rostov's team has been contending for a Champions League spot but took a massive hit with this result as the top three qualify, with Rostov in fourth with seven games to go and trailing by three points. Sochi is a bottom-half-of-the-table side that had only been averaging just over a goal per game.
Rostov beat Sochi 2-0 in their first meeting in October.