2014 Football World Cup‏

Posted: June 12, 2014 in Football
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The football World Cup kicked off hours ago with Brazil playing Croatia following the opening ceremony. A full preview of the entire World Cup can be found by clicking on the tab at the top of the page or here.

The “honour” of scoring the first goal of the 2014 World Cup went to Brazilian defender Marcelo. Unfortunately for both he and Brazil it was an own goal. Croatia started strongly while Brazil had plenty of nerves. They looked dangerous on the counter prior to scoring and it wasn’t a complete surprise when Marcelo unwittingly diverted a cross into his own net. As Brazil settled they began to look more confident and Neymar grabbed the equaliser with a left footed shot from outside the box that rolled agonisingly beyond the reach of Pletikosa and in off the post. With scores locked at one-all the first moment of controversy at this year’s World Cup arrived. With his back to goal Fred collapsed after the faintest of touches from Lovren and the referee pointed straight to the spot. It looked like a soft penalty in real time and replays only confirmed what everyone knew. Neymar converted, but only just. Croatia were aggrieved and that was compounded when they had a goal disallowed for a foul on Caesar that could have gone either way. Oscar poked in a late third for Brazil to round out the scoring.

The game showcased one great addition by the lawmakers of the game. Referee’s now carry a spray can with disappearing foam to mark the line behind which defenders must stand when forming a wall against free kicks. Surely it is time for two more changes. Referee’s must be given the power, and encouraged, to award a yellow card to any player or coach who asks for a yellow card for an opponent. And secondly, yellow cards should be awarded retrospectively to players who are found to have clearly dived in an attempt to deceive the referee. Fred may have felt a hand on his shoulder but his theatrics as he crumbled to the ground were motivated purely by the desire to win a penalty.

Note that if you are in Australia most games are at 2am, 5am and 8am, with every game live on SBS.

  1. Julian S says:

    Great assessment of the game and food for thought on the changes to referee power. Let’s hope soft decisions don’t define the world cup.

    Thanks for being so quick.


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