Legendary Liverpool boss Bill Shankly once said football is “much more serious” than life and death. A group of Peru fans seem to agree with that.
Peru beat Ecuador 2-1 on Tuesday in the qualifying match for next year’s World Cup. At the same time, footage of a Peruvian family celebrating the victory during a funeral went viral on social media.
The video showed a small group inside an undertaker's room with all their attention focused on the flat-screen television on the wall, which was playing the match, despite an open coffin stowed in the same room.
Two fans can be seen hugging each other in the video, though it’s not sure whether they were in celebration or moral support.
Peru hasn’t played in the World Cup since 1982. After playing the match against Ecuador, Peru moved into fourth place with 24 points among South America’s 10 teams. If Peru holds onto that position, it will qualify directly for Russia 2018.
Argentina also has 24 points, but they're in fifth on goal difference. If this is still the case after its two remaining matches, the 2014 losing finalist will go into an intercontinental playoff against New Zealand to make it to Russia.
Argentina will face Peru at home on Oct. 5.