A cute dog invaded a Europa League pitch, disrupted the game, and got petted by a player

  • A cute dog went walkies and found its way onto a football pitch on Thursday.
  • The husky befriended a goalkeeper, got its belly-rubbed, and then ran away from match-day security.
  • Yes, we have video footage.


A cute dog invaded a football pitch and caused a 'paws in play' during Macedonian side FK Vardar and Norway's Rosenborg's Europa League match on Thursday evening.

With the high-profile European game precariously-poised at 1-1, the husky somehow found its way onto the field in the 73rd minute.

The dog brought play to a halt, stopped to have its belly rubbed by the Vardar goalkeeper, and then ran away from match-day stewards.

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Soccer Football - Europa League - FK Vardar vs Rosenborg BK - Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia - December 7, 2017 Vardar's Filip Gacevski tries to move a dog off the pitch REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Vardar's goalkeeper Filip Gacevski tries to move a dog off the pitch during the UEFA Europa League group L football match between FK Vardar and Rosenborg BK at the Filip II Arena in Skopje on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Robert ATANASOVSKI (Photo credit should read ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Vardar's goalkeeper Filip Gacevski tries to move a dog off the pitch during the UEFA Europa League group L football match between FK Vardar and Rosenborg BK at the Filip II Arena in Skopje on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Robert ATANASOVSKI (Photo credit should read ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Vardar's goalkeeper Filip Gacevski tries to move a dog off the pitch during the UEFA Europa League group L football match between FK Vardar and Rosenborg BK at the Filip II Arena in Skopje on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Robert ATANASOVSKI (Photo credit should read ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Before long, security managed to usher the rebellious hound down the tunnel so the game in Macedonia could resume.

You can watch video footage of the incident here.

The match finished 1-1.

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