Torpedo Kutaisi win Georgian title thanks to 96th-minute penalty miss

Torpedo Kutaisi celebrate winning Georgian title
Torpedo knew they had to beat Dinamo to win the title, but they could never have expected such a dramatic finish

A last-minute penalty. Score it and your team win the league. Miss, and your opponents are crowned champions instead.

Rarely does the long football season come down to one moment of such nerve-racking intensity. But that's exactly how Torpedo Kutaisi took the Georgian title on Sunday.

They were beating Dinamo Tbilisi 1-0 when, with seconds to play, the home side were awarded a penalty. A draw for Dinamo would be enough to win the Erovnuli Liga for a 17th time.

In the 96th minute, as Dinamo captain Otar Kiteishvili stepped up to take it, some Torpedo players could barely look.

But Kiteishvili smashed it into the legs of goalkeeper Roin Kvaskhvadze, who raced up the pitch with his fists in the air as the referee immediately blew for final whistle.

In the centre circle, players and staff mobbed their hero, while Dinamo players fell to the floor.

One Torpedo player, Merab Gigauri, ran across the running track behind the goal to celebrate with the travelling fans.

Torpedo, based in Georgia's second largest city Kutaisi - located about 250km west of capital Tbilisi - had wrapped up their fourth league title in the most dramatic of circumstances.

But after 36 league games - the Georgian season began in March this year - there is still one big match to play.

Next Saturday Torpedo will have the chance to seal a domestic double when they defend their David Kipiani Cup title against Chikhura, who finished fifth in the league.

Who knows what might happen then.

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