The Mexico forward’s decision to celebrate Wolves’ second goal with a wrestling mask came back to haunt him and his team-mates
Troy Deeney slammed Wolves’ Raul Jimenez and mocked the ‘loser’ over his mask celebration in Watford’s dramatic FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley.
Jimenez, the forward, pulled on a wrestling-style mask to celebrate his 62nd-minute goal, which put Wolves 2-0 up with less than half-an-hour remaining.
Though joked about at the time, Jimenez’s decision to wear the mask was widely mocked after the end of the match, as Watford fought back to win 3-2 after extra time.
Jimenez, who last week completed a permanent move to Wolves, will forever be remembered for celebrating with the mask in a match the Molineux club went on to lose, and Deeney called him a ‘loser’ when interviewed after full-time.
After watching a replay of the celebration, Deeney said: “I’m glad he put that mask on – he could wear it out now as well, now he’s a loser. So, enjoy the mask – we got the victory.”
Gerard Deulofeu pulled a goal back for Watford with one of the all-time great Wembley finishes, before Deeney himself sent the game to extra time by netting an injury time penalty.
Deulofeu’s goal in extra-time, his second of the game, completed Watford’s stunning 3-2 comeback win.
Deeney stressed he is a big fan of Jimenez, but argued the Portuguese star’s celebrations were premature – as shown by Wolves’ failure to hold on for the win.
“He’s a top, top player,” added Deeney. “It was a great finish, but I didn’t see the mask thing. I’m quite happy I only saw it now because I probably would have lost my head if I saw that.
“I think you’ve got to wear the mask and do all that stuff when you know you’re going to win the game.”