Soccer player saved unconscious teammate's life during a match

Rodolfo Vieira
Oct 10, 2018
11:37 A.M.
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Soccer player Sebastian Coates is being hailed a hero for saving a teammate's life after he collided with a goal post.


The incident took place last Sunday, October 7, 2018, during a Primeira Liga match between Sporting Clube de Portugal and Portimonense.

The scary moment was caught by the cameras broadcasting the game and ended up being uploaded to Youtube where thousands have been able to witness Coates' heroic deed.

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Coates, who used to play for Liverpool and Sunderland before moving to the Portuguese team, rushed to Romain Salin's, the goalkeeper, aid in his time of need.

During the match, Salin collided with one of the goal posts in an attempt of preventing Portimonense's second goal, which was scored by striker Shoya Nakajima.



Upon realizing that his teammate was unconscious, Coates knelt by his side and opened his mouth to insert his fingers, knowing that his tongue could prevent him from breathing.

While making sure that there was no blockage, Coates yelled for help as the medical team ran towards them. Salin was removed from the pitch and transported to Hospital de Portimão, being substituted by Renan Ribeiro.

Source: ESPN UK



During the match, 28-year-old Coates scored a goal but it still wasn't enough to prevent Sporting, one of the top three clubs in Portugal, from losing 4-2 to Portimonense.

The experienced defender has been an important member of the team, often being considered the man in charge of defense due to his leadership and chilled personality on the pitch.



Coates' quick reaction saved a life, and so did Delbert Latham's when he saved his son Kaysen while visiting the Wonderland Amusement Park in Amarillo, Texas.

During the first drop of a roller coaster ride, Kaysen's faulty belt got lose and he was projected to the front of the cart. Thankfully, Latham was quick enough to grab him and hold him for the remained of the ride.