Belgian women's soccer team SK Berlaar had to stomach a 50-1 defeat against rival KV Mechelen last weekend because their first-choice goalkeeper had opted to attend a music concert instead, a local newspaper said.

"Our keeper went to Pukkel Pop. That's why," substitute goalkeeper Charlotte Jacobs told Het Laatste Nieuws daily yesterday.

KV Mechelen scored their first goal after only four seconds.

"At half-time the score was 27-0. But after half-time we were able to recover. We only conceded 23 goals and we scored once ourselves, right at the end.

"They allowed us to score... that was sweet of them," Jacobs added.

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