Crawley hero Tsaroulla breaks down after first goal since car crash

Crawley FA Cup hero Nick Tsaroulla sheds tears in live TV interview as he celebrates scoring his first goal since car crash hell that kept him out of football for a YEAR

  • League Two Crawley Town stunned Premier League Leeds 3-0 in the FA Cup 
  • Nick Tsaroulla kicked-off the giant-killing with a superb 50th minute strike 
  • The Bristol-born Cypriot was released by Spurs following a car crash in 2017
  • Tsaroulla was later released from Brentford B before his breakthrough on Sunday

Emotions were running high after Crawley Town sensationally dumped Leeds out of the FA Cup, for none more so than Nick Tsaroulla who made a heart-warming breakthrough.

The 21-year-old shocked Marcelo Bielsa’s side by opening the scoring after 50 minutes, spinning past Jamie Shackleton, bursting into the box and hitting a powerful shot low into the far corner. 

Tsaroulla wheeled away in euphoria, revealing the emotions of a testing journey. The winger’s injuries from a 2017 car crash had halted his progression in Tottenham’s academy, leading to his release after joining the club at 12-years-old.  

Nick Tsaroulla opened the scoring for Crawley Town as they shocked Leeds in the FA Cup

The 21-year-old completed his comeback after years of struggle following a car crash

Fighting back via another release from Brentford B, Tsaroulla’s strike against Leeds was his first senior goal. Speaking to the BBC post-match, the Bristol-born Cypriot couldn’t hold back his emotion. 

‘I kind of just lost myself in the moment. It’s been a long, hard road for me so I’m really proud,’ he said. 

‘I’m getting emotional… it’s been a tough road and it means a lot, that goal and that win.’

The Cypriot joined Spurs’ academy aged 12 but was kicked-out due to his injuries for the crash

Football’s unforgiving academy system sees teen dreams brutally crushed each year, making Tsaroulla’s comeback all the more impressive. 

Crawley now await their fourth-round draw, after Ashley Nadesan and Jordan Tunnicliffe added goals to leave Bielsa scratching his head after a 3-0 defeat. 

The West Sussex club are also sixth in League Two, chasing promotion amid an eight-game unbeaten run. 

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