Barbados intentionally scored an own goal to help them win by two thanks to a weird golden goal rule

  • Published on:  12/20/2018
  • Barbados needed to win by two, but they were only up one. So instead of scoring in the traditional way they intentionally kicked in an own goal to get to extra time. That way, they'd have a chance at a golden goal that for some reason was worth two goals instead of just the usual one. Grenada spent three minutes trying to score on either net to keep themselves from getting knocked out, and the mayhem is still worth talking about today.


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  • SB Nation (Dec 20, 2018)

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  • AKindChap (Feb 10, 2019)

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  • Daniel Newell (Jan 12, 2019)

    Grenada is pronounced (gruh-NEIGH-duh) not (greh-NAH-dah). We are not a Spanish country therefore won't have a Spanish name.

  • indiegum (Dec 20, 2018)

    In case any of you are wondering, IFAB got rid of the golden goal from the Laws of The Game after Euro 2004

  • True Gooner (3 days ago)

    +Philip J. Reed Yea like I said, it's hard to make them perfect, but I'd back the least mitigating rules. Although I kind of hate, total goals or you know more marginal measures as to who's better... but at the same rate, at least it's easily understood, not cumbersome and at the same time... quickly eliminates most ties.

  • Philip J. Reed (3 days ago)

    +True Gooner But the golden goal (aka sudden death) was never used worldwide for league standings tiebreakers. It was only ever in mainstream use for knockout (single-elimination) competitions. The Caribbean Cup made *two* bizarre decisions, not just the 2xGG obviously but to even require extra time in a three-team group is silly.By the way Puerto Rico got screwed more than Granada. They were the third team in the group, also with three points, but with -1 GD. They had to sit on the sidelines watchin...

  • Red (Dec 20, 2018)

    Perfect example on why you don't introduce weird rules for the "fun" of it.

  • thebluemantis (Jan 16, 2019)

    That's right Anish. There was controversy at the 2018 world cup for the fact that Japan wouldn't risk scoring another goal because they were set to win by the number of yellow cards that they *didn't* have. Another match was running concurrently and they had an idea of what was going on and so decided to play it safe rather than risk losing the ball. That's another rule to stop there being a tie at the top of the table. It was a bit of a farce.

  • Pascal Herbig (Dec 22, 2018)

    Why was their even extra time in a group stage?

  • TheMule71 (Feb 1, 2019)

    ​+Trevor Lambert Well, they changed two things, the tie and the meaning of a golden goal (which shoud end the match). You need both to create the situation.Which one is better to restore is debatable. The golden goal makes sense only when one of the teams has the upper hand. If the two teams are really tied, you just get 30 extra minutes in which none of the teams takes risks. And still you have to find a way to break the tie.The real problem with both the golden goal and penalties is that they are...

  • Trevor Lambert (Jan 31, 2019)

    +TheMule71 You don't have the opportunity to score multiple goals in extra time. That's why it's called a golden goal. Given the choice between dumping the "double" golden goal, and dumping the golden goal altogether, or allowing a tie, the best option is the regular golden goal.

  • Cory Toews (Dec 20, 2018)

    If you can't score on your own net (with no keeper), you deserve to lose.

  • GamuhCube (Feb 6, 2019)

    Keeper can't use his hands to receive passes from teammates.

  • gegas100 (Jan 29, 2019)

    the team who scores the own goal gets the ball back because they conceded. They was probably no chance for Grenada to score as they probably never got the ball

  • real mate (Dec 24, 2018)

    Morata would have missed that also

  • Mohammad Ahnaf Afique (Jan 13, 2019)

    +Anish Lahiri your reply is even worse than the other replies

  • Anish Lahiri (Jan 12, 2019)

    The original comment was jokes but all of the replies naming other players aren't even funny bc most name good players.

  • NIc K (Dec 20, 2018)

    Imagine the mental math you'd have to be doing? Umm very, very little mental math... Lmao

  • Krawna (6 days ago)

    Wow. Everyone here missed the sarcasm of the mental math comment

  • John Pritzlaff (Jan 28, 2019)

    The math is more involved than that because of the clock. The strategy makes more or less sense to employat different points in the match.

  • I also find it weird, that there was overtime in the group stage. Normally if the final score is 2:2, it's just a tie...

  • marlyn tolejano (Dec 27, 2018)

    Yep lol😂

  • mike csany (Dec 20, 2018)

    Scoring as Grenada is actually harder than it seems. They don't get the ball at kickoff. Barbados scored an own goal, so they get to kick off. So Grenada has 3 minutes to not only score a goal, but take the ball first.Im sad they got rid of this rule. Would love it if the last 5 minutes of a champions league match went down like this. It wouldnt be fair, but it sure would be fun.

  • ozan özenir (3 days ago)

    +Philip J. Reed it is just easy to waste time if you throw the ball out other than passing it inside the field. not every team is barcelone they wont handle the pressure while getting pressed by the opponent. so it is better to keep hitting the ball out everytime you get it instead of risking to lose it while passing and conceding a possible counter attack in your goal or in this matches case even at the opponents goal.

  • Philip J. Reed (3 days ago)

    +ozan özenir If you hit the ball to throw in, you instantly lose possession because the other team throws in. What am I not understanding?

  • Lafayet - DTA (Dec 30, 2018)

    You guys will want to talk about the 1998 F1 British Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher was leading the race in the last laps, when he was given a 10-second stop&go penalty for lapping another driver despite yellow flags (or under the safety car, I can't remember), and, at that point of the race, serving his whole penalty would have meant for Schumacher to lose too much time and to end up behind title-contender Mika Hakkinen (his advantage was bigger than just 10 seconds, but you know, in the pit lane you'...

  • Probability (Jan 15, 2019)

    Thanks, great comment.