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A funny thing in International football

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This is something VERY funny and ridiculous that i came accross on xtratime. So enjoy everyone!

It concerns a match played between Barbados and Grenada in cup competition. Barbados needed to win the game by two clear goals in order to progress to the next round. Now the trouble was caused by a daft rule in the competition which stated that in the event of a game going to penalty kicks, the winner of the penalty kicks would be awarded a
2-0 victory.

With 5 minutes to go,Barbados were leading 2-1, and going out of the tournament (because they needed to win by 2 clear goals).

Then, when they realized they were probably not going to score against Grenada's massed defense, they turned round, and deliberately scored an own goal to level the scores and take the game into penalties.

Grenada, themselves not being stupid, realized what was going on, and then attempted to score an own goal themselves.

However, the Barbados players started defending their opponents goal to prevent this. In the last five minutes, spectators were treated to the incredible sight of
both team's defending their opponents goal against attackers desperately trying to score an own goal and
goalkeepers trying to throw the ball into their own net.

The game went to penalties, which Barbados won and so were awarded a 2-0 victory and progressed to the next round.
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This "own-goal" story has been appearing in one location or another on the internet for years in virtually the exact same form. I have never been able to verify that it was true, and I believe it is probably an "internet legend". It has all the hallmarks of an "urban legend" or "internet legend" - a certain vagueness as to the date, the particular cup competition, and the location of the game; an assertion that the event was televised (which gives it an air of authenticity, even though nobody seems to have witnessed the telecast themselves, and no tape recording is available); the alleged use of a 2-nil scoring rule for penalty shootout that nobody has ever heard of, and is contrary to FIFA rules (the adjective "daft" is applied to the rule in every account of this story that I have seen); and the lack of explanation in any account for why Grenada would deliberately try to lose the game by scoring on their own net.

Most curious of all is the lack of a reported final score in regulation time. How many own goals do you suppose can be scored in five minutes? Was the final score 2-2 or 10-10?

It's a humorous story, but don't take it too seriously, folks!

[Edited by giglio on 11-07-2000 at 21:06]
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good story hahaaha doubt it is true though
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