As the World Cup Championship approaches, an equally competitive soccer match broke out between an unusually agile tortoise and a dog. Don’t be fooled by any preconceptions you may have about turtles; this reptile was definitely in it to win it.

Even the pup was feeling the heat!

As it went down, the turtle won the coin toss, and started out with great field position…

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But soon, the dog swooped in with a killer drag and gained control of the ball.

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Feeling the turtle gaining pace, the dog used his mouth to his advantage…

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Later, the turtle also used his mouth to his advantage.

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Fortunately, there were no red cards in this match.

You can find more unique animal match-ups in our Unlikely Animal Pairs gallery!