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In a coun­try dom­i­nated by cricket, it’s good to be re­minded that at least in Goa even the cows play foot­ball. A video of a cow de­ter­minedly shield­ing the ball from a group of non­plussed play­ers on a dirt pitch went vi­ral, with many on so­cial me­dia prais­ing the cow’s skill.

Its close con­trol was im­pres­sive, the ball seem­ingly stuck to its hooves. Even­tu­ally, one boy plucked up the courage to take the ball off the cow. His team­mates started a rondo, pass­ing the ball around and even over to the cow as it set off in sin­gle-minded pur­suit. It only lasted a few passes be­fore the cow got the ball back and the boys scarpered. Im­pres­sive de­fend­ing, but how long be­fore some­one makes a video of a cow in West Ben­gal scor­ing a goal?

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