I watched 4 video games of soccer yesterday. Let’s do that as regular then.
Saudi Arabia beat Argentina
What a consequence. It’s been offered as ‘Messi will get crushed’ far and wide, and I can perceive that, however at the start it’s a win for Saudi Arabia. Argentina took the lead by way of a Messi penalty – the award of which was a bit comfortable, but when that’s the precedent, anticipate much more penalties on this match. Nevertheless, I don’t fairly perceive how the Harry Maguire one wasn’t the day earlier than, so perhaps it’s a brand new FIFA directive or the ref simply doesn’t like Harry Maguire.
The ball was within the web usually, however the offside flag went up simply as a lot. I Tweeted this yesterday:
This shouldn’t be offside pic.twitter.com/a7aChKzhzd
— arseblog (@arseblog) November 22, 2022
It drew many indignant responses on Twitter from many individuals who informed me that it undoubtedly was offside. Which was not my level. I didn’t say it wasn’t, I mentioned it shouldn’t be. Regardless of all the opposite individuals who insisted that as a result of you’ll be able to rating along with your shoulder it must be offside, I simply assume in situations like this the benefit ought to go to the attacking participant primarily based on the place of his toes.
And look, I get it: offside is a tricky dialogue. We dwell in an period the place VAR permits virtually full accuracy to indicate that somebody’s toe or ear or ‘t-shirt line’ (one other idea that individuals appear unusually protecting of given it was solely invested final week or one thing) is ‘off’. It’s kind of black and white. However the offside rule was made lengthy earlier than anybody even thought-about something like VAR. I do know we don’t go by the spirit of the regulation, however to me it simply looks as if the entire thing wants a major re-think.
Anyway, 1-0 Argentina at half-time, and what a second half we obtained. Saleh Al-shehri equalised, making a Sp*rs defender look very Mustafi as he bounced it past Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez. Then a couple of minutes later, we obtained one of many objectives of the match as far as Salem Al-Dawsari made Saudi stress rely as he curled one past the previous Arsenal keeper. That was the 53rd minute.
The ultimate whistle blew at 114 minutes, and what we obtained between the second Saudi Arabia objective and the tip was, at occasions, extraordinary. I don’t assume Argentina had been significantly good, however the Saudis defended like Newcastle followers if anybody mentioned something crucial of their new house owners on Twitter. There was one unbelievable save, tackles, blocks, the type of dedicated defending that you simply typically see in circumstances like this. The place the staff which can be the nominal underdogs can sense that one thing particular is on the playing cards. The reactions get faster, and what would possibly in any other case be thought-about determined defending turns into one thing nearer to impressed.
The lengthy stoppage after one other brutal collision added to all of the damage time, and admittedly it was shameful that the referee didn’t cease the sport instantly after it occurred. That’s twice at this match thus far, and in the event that they’re going to inform refs to present what could be thought-about comfortable penalties, they need to even be instructed to err on the aspect of warning with regards to head accidents. This was one was sickening and to the see play go on with the participant stricken on the pitch was terrible.
Afterwards, because the Saudis celebrated, Messi seemed like he couldn’t consider what had occurred, however the fact is his aspect had been second finest and the gamers round him had been sub-par throughout that second half. Angel di Maria, oof. That was an all-time stinker.
And right here’s the factor in regards to the World Cup: no matter reservations you will have about it, no matter issues, the rationale it will get co-opted and corrupted, is due to what soccer can do to you whenever you watch it. It sucks you in, there’s a purpose it’s known as the gorgeous sport, and in the course of the 90 minutes (we would must rebrand that primarily based on the length of video games thus far), you deal with the pitch and never a lot else. I suppose that’s the purpose of all of it, however it’s arduous to withstand whenever you’re watching one thing like that.
Each moderately entertaining video games, however there have been shades of ‘Europa League Group Stage’ from Denmark v Tunisia – at the least for the neutra. Following that, seeing Robert Lewandowski’s penalty saved by veteran Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was a enjoyable second (except you’re from Poland). Wojciech Szczesny made one nice response save on the different finish, and there have been moments I assumed we would see the primary pink card of the match. I feel Bereszynski was fortunate to get away with two nasty studs-up fouls in fast succession.
Possibly we’ll get that pink right this moment …
Olivier Giroud equals Thierry Henry’s report
Regardless of Australia taking an early lead, France’s high quality confirmed as they ran out 4-1 winners. To be honest, it was so near being 2-0 earlier than it was 1-1, however the story of the sport is that Olivier Giroud’s brace means he has equaled Thierry Henry’s report variety of objectives for France (51).
Likelihood is he’ll make the report his personal earlier than the tip of the World Cup, and it’s fairly the achievement for a participant who turned 36 in September. I do want he hadn’t had that spell at Chelsea, and whereas we are able to all be Captain Hindsight, it’s honest to say our determination making round transfers at the moment was not what it ought to have been. After all we must always have tried to enhance within the striker place (as with anyplace else on the pitch), however it turned out Alexandre Lacazette was a downgrade all issues thought-about.
The opposite factor to say is that if Giroud beats Henry’s report, it doesn’t imply he’s a greater participant than Thierry, it’s only a factor he did due to his personal high quality and longevity, and honest play to him. The good-looking bastard.
Proper, that’s it for this morning. At this time, Arsenal curiosity comes within the Germany v Japan sport the place Takehiro Tomiyasu is more likely to begin.
Have a great one.