Oje vita mia...
Someone explain how it wasn't a foul. Put up a video. Rizzoli pos
Well, there is a german goalkeeping school about those high knees and allOf course It wasn't a foul by Higuain, but as much it was a dangerous play by Neuer, whom BTW could not be blamed if that ended in a penalty because he was fecking doing the job of a libero his mates weren't do it...he clearly went for the ball but with too much power and in a reckless way, I guess he was pissed off with his mates..
well that's then only way a keeper can protect themselves since ever...Well, there is a german goalkeeping school about those high knees and all
side note, slow motion is the most useless shyte ever invented regarding calling a foul...it could be conceived as undercutting but in my opinion it wasn't a foul - from both ends.
neuer HAS to have priority in those challenges - it was safety first and the raised knee wasn't malicious but an act of protection (that all keepers use). it should have gone out and been a thrown in - no foul committed.
also in the slow mo you can see that what he did was fine - the real time looked worse but i don't think the collision was as bad as it seemed. 100% NOT a foul on neuer and baffles me why people thought it was
A goalkeeper leading in with a knee needs to become something that is punished, not overlooked.
In the context of this match and current regulations - no foul, should have commenced with an Argentina throw-in and not a Germany free-kick.
But going forward, if a player can't go in for a header by smacking their knee into a goalkeepers chest, a goalkeeper shouldn't be allowed to do the same when punching or catching the ball.
It's one oversight that annoys me.
I don't mind that they're a protected species, they are also a heavily targeted one so it balances out.
But allowing goalkeepers to do absurd things to protect themselves is taking it too far.
Footballers aren't allowed to use their arms for any sort of leverage if it comes into contact with another footballer, so why goalkeepers can virtually punch and knee opponents in any which way they want so long as either of their hands makes contact with the ball, is simply absurd.