Watching soccer appears to be turning into a favourite pasttime for Hollywood stars.
Final week, Will Ferrell was noticed at Wrexham, earlier than watching Manchester City after which Liverpool. This week, it was Tom Hanks who skilled the joyful highs and agonizing lows of being a soccer fan.
An extended-time Aston Villa fan, Hanks was noticed at Villa Park the place he was handled to a traditional English Premier League recreation as his aspect succumbed to a last-minute 4-2 defeat in opposition to title contender Arsenal in a six-goal thriller.
Ollie Watkins gave Villa an early lead, rifling in an excellent aim after solely 5 minutes to the delight and disbelief of the house crowd.
Hanks, who had met the crew earlier than kickoff, joined within the delirious celebrations, open-mouthed in shock, earlier than he visibly shouted, “Oh my,” and turned to hug the particular person subsequent to him.
Arsenal equalized 10 minutes later, as Bukayo Saka’s highly effective strike from simply contained in the field sailed straight previous Villa’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emi Martinez.
However Villa continued to press and regained its lead on the half hour mark following a flowing assault that scythed via Arsenal’s protection earlier than Philippe Coutinho discovered the again of the online.
Trailing 2-1 at halftime, Arsenal was dealing with one other week of dropping floor in its hunt for the title after a run of three winless video games culminated in defeat to Manchester Metropolis on Wednesday, knocking the Gunners from high spot for the primary time since November.
A aim for Oleksandr Zinchenko leveled the scores as soon as once more on 60 minutes earlier than Arsenal fired in two targets in fast succession in stoppage time to grab a dramatic, essential victory.
First, Jorginho’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar and Martinez to place Arsenal 3-2 up within the 92nd minute earlier than Gabriel Martinelli sealed victory 5 minutes later, leaving the house crowd, and Hanks, shocked.