I watched four games of football yesterday. Let’s do this as normal then.
Saudi Arabia beat Argentina
What a result. It’s been presented as ‘Messi gets beaten’ all over the place, and I can understand that, but first and foremost it’s a win for Saudi Arabia. Argentina took the lead through a Messi penalty – the award of which was a bit soft, but if that’s the precedent, expect a lot more penalties in this tournament. However, I don’t quite understand how the Harry Maguire one wasn’t the day before, so maybe it’s a new FIFA directive or the ref just doesn’t like Harry Maguire.
The ball was in the net often, but the offside flag went up just as much. I Tweeted this yesterday:
This should not be offside pic.twitter.com/a7aChKzhzd
— arseblog (@arseblog) November 22, 2022
It drew many angry responses on Twitter from many people who told me that it definitely was offside. Which was not my point. I didn’t say it wasn’t, I said it shouldn’t be. Despite all the other people who insisted that because you can score with your shoulder it should be offside, I just think in scenarios like this the advantage should go to the attacking player based on the position of his feet.
And look, I get it: offside is a tough discussion. We live in an era where VAR allows almost complete accuracy to show that someone’s toe or ear or ‘t-shirt line’ (another concept that people seem strangely protective of given it was only invested last week or something) is ‘off’. It’s sort of black and white. But the offside rule was made long before anyone even considered anything like VAR. I know we don’t go by the spirit of the law, but to me it just seems like the whole thing needs a significant re-think.
Anyway, 1-0 Argentina at half-time, and what a second half we got. Saleh Al-shehri equalised, making a Sp*rs defender look very Mustafi as he bounced it beyond Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez. Then a few minutes later, we got one of the goals of…
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