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)

    This video came from the comment section of one of the first episodes we did. So, thanks to all of you who have enjoyed this series. Think of it like the holiday present you didn't totally want but are fine with.

  • AKindChap (Feb 10, 2019)

    I don’t really watch many sports other than cycling (which has plenty of weird stories), but I’ve really been enjoying this series. However, I think the best thing about this series is that you don’t pretend you know everything. You have no problem with saying that a fan told you about something and then you made a video about it.

  • 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.

  • Red (Dec 20, 2018)

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

  • Hello (Apr 10, 2019)

    +Rice Cooker hahahhahaha autist

  • Therrydicule (Apr 6, 2019)

    Or you introduce a bunch of weird rules, like 20 of these.

  • Pascal Herbig (Dec 22, 2018)

    Why was their even extra time in a group stage?

  • THE DUDE4K (Apr 11, 2019)

    Also wondering this

  • real mate (Dec 24, 2018)

    Morata would have missed that also

  • Jesse Hernandez (Mar 27, 2019)

    Torres would miss also. Torres vs United!

  • Mohammad Ahnaf Afique (Jan 13, 2019)

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

  • Tom Boerstra (Jan 2, 2019)

    Barbados: 200 IQ

  • 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...

  • DrZaius3141 (2 days ago)

    You can see that it was a group with 3 teams, which they liked to do back in the day because it saves on travel cost for those amateur footballers - you get rid of 2 teams with only 3 games, where every team has one home game and one away game (balance). Every other system would require more traveling.However, with only 3 teams in the group and only 3 games played, it was very possible to have 3 draws. You don't want that, because what would you do then? (these days: goals scored would be the decider ...

  • khamjaninja (Apr 4, 2019)

    +camstar24802 No, Grenada was ahead of them by 3 points in the table. If they had been level on points, then Barbados would've advanced with the win.The reason was that the 1994 Caribbean Cup had a new rule - No ties allowed, not even in group matches. Every match had to have a winner; if it finished level, then it was sudden death overtime, and golden goals were worth 2 points. This was not the only group stage match that went to overtime in that cup. They abandoned the rule afterwards.

  • 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 (Feb 16, 2019)

    +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 (Feb 16, 2019)

    +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...

  • NIc K (Dec 20, 2018)

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

  • EGB Official (Mar 2, 2019)

    You’re trying to act smart but there’s a comma in your sentence that has no place there.

  • Krawna (Feb 13, 2019)

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

  • Cory Toews (Dec 20, 2018)

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

  • Eddie Lambert (Mar 31, 2019)

    Yeah just boot it back to ur keeper and he could let it in

  • Larry Ousman (Mar 24, 2019)

    +DMNFR Thank you for saying this. Many here posting a dishonest approach to sport. A reflection of win at all cost. That own goal Barbados scored will have them down as a cheat for the rest of their lives. Certainly not what FIFA "Fair play? is about.

  • 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 (Apr 6, 2019)

    Deep Das you can not score an own goal from a goal kick it would result with a corner kick. İ know it sounds wierd but it is actually a rule

  • Deep Das (Apr 6, 2019)

    the opponent who were guarding grenada's goal could have been fouled intentionally by any grenadian inside penalty box. So barbados is forced to take a penalty which they would have missed intentionally and grenada would have got a goal kick hence they can do an own goal. Sorry for my bad english though.