RUSSIAN giants Zenit were dumped out of the national cup after falling victim to a bizarre free-kick routine in second half stoppage time.
Sergei Semak’s side looked to be on course for the semi-finals, only to concede with two minutes left of the match on Wednesday.
A crazy quarter-final tie saw four goals scored after the break, with second-tier outfit Alania taking the lead in the 55th minute through Batraz Gurtsiyev.
But quickfire goals from Douglas Santos and Ivan Sergeyev put the visitors in control as Zenit looked to close out the game.
Alania were awarded a free-kick almost 25 yards out from goal in the closing stages, with two players standing in front of the ball.
As the referee blew his whistle, all six Alania players then ran behind the ball much to the confusion of the Zenit squad.
One of the Alania players that were initially standing over the ball then dummied an attempt, before Nikolai Giorgobiani stepped up to shoot.
However Zenit stars were left bamboozled after two of Giorgobiani’s team-mates ran alongside him to create further confusion.
To Zenit’s dismay, Giorgobiani’s exquisite effort curled home into the top corner to send the game to penalties, which the hosts won.
Fans were quick to praise Alania’s set-piece special, as one user tweeted: “OK Zenit have just been done by the weirdest free kick routine I’ve ever seen…!
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“Hats off to Alania for their late equaliser!”
Another quipped: “Talk about being absolutely bamboozled.”
A third joked: “This is gonna make the mother of all compilations we send the aliens.”
This supporter then commented: “Looks like they were star-struck with the tactics.”
One then remarked: “Now THIS is what I call s***housing.”
Another simply stated: “This looks like a Fifa bug.”