After losing 2-1 in Ukraine in the first leg, a slim 1-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night was enough to see Roma advance into the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Shakhtar Donetsk.
Already a goal down at the time, Shakhtar’s desperation piqued when Facundo Ferreyra took out his frustration on a ball boy whom the Argentinian striker deemed to be dawdling.
After chasing the ball over the touchline, Ferreyra took umbrage at the time-wasting on display and gave the lad a little souvenir to remember him by…
Silly as Ferreyra’s actions were, on closer inspection it certainly looks like the ball boy “goes down easily” – to use the agreed-upon parlance of the age.
Diving really is reaching endemic proportions.