Two interesting football matches from 1994 and 1982


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Ok the whole world is in the grip of football world cup fever. I found these two interesting football matches. In one of the match a team tried to score into his own goal :D

Shell Caribbean Cup 1994 - (Barbados vs Grenada)

This was a very interesting match (probably the only one in football history) in which a team tried to score into his own goal while the opponent tried to defend it haha! Here is what happened

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There was an unusual match between Barbados and Grenada.

Grenada went into the match with a superior goal difference, meaning that Barbados were required to win by two goals to progress to the finals. The trouble was caused by two things. Firstly, unlike most group stages in football competitions, the organisers had deemed that all games must have a winner, meaning that all games drawn over 90 minutes would go to sudden death extra time. Secondly and most importantly, there was an unusual rule which stated that in the event of a game going to sudden death extra time the goal would count double, meaning that the winner would be awarded a two goal victory.

Barbados were leading 2-0 until the 83rd minute, when Grenada scored, making it 2-1. Approaching the dying moments, the Barbadians realized they had no chance of scoring past Grenada's mass defence, so they turned around and deliberately scored an own goal to tie the game, which would send it into extra time and give them another half hour to break down the defence. The Grenadians realized what was going on, and attempted to score an own goal as well, which would put Barbados back in front by one goal but would eliminate them from the competition.

However, the Barbados players started defending their opposition's goal to prevent them doing this, and during the game's last five minutes, the fans were treated to the incredible sight of Grenada trying to score in either goal. Barbados also defended both ends of the pitch, and held off Grenada for the final five minutes, sending the game into extra time. In extra time, Barbados notched the game-winner, and, according to the rules, was awarded a 4-2 victory, which put them through to the next round.

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Here is the video

Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_Caribbean_Cup_1994#Anomaly

World cup 1982 - West Germany vs Austria

Ok this is the match after which FIFA changed the rule so now final group matches are played at the same time. In fact what happened in this match forced FIFA to review the rules and then they had to change it so this thing doesn't happen again. This was actually a "fixed" game in which both West Germany and Austria tried so Algeria cannot go into next stage.....and they succeeded! Here is what happaned

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West Germany versus Austria was a 1982 FIFA World Cup game that is widely believed to have changed the rules of future World Cup tournaments. In German the match is known as Nichtangriffspakt von Gijón (lit. Non-aggression pact of Gijón)[1] or Schande von Gijón (lit. Shame of Gijón).

The match was the last game of the first-round Group 2. Going into the game were an exceptional set of circumstances, where a 1–0 or 2–0 win for West Germany would result in both sides qualifying, at the expense of Algeria.

Although both teams were regarded as rivals (Austria beat West Germany 3–2 in a remarkable game in the previous 1978 World Cup), the game is widely seen as being fixed, with both sides having an unspoken agreement to play for a 1–0 German win. As a result, FIFA ruled that in the future, both final group matches must start at the same time, so as to prevent such an event ever occurring again.

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Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Germany_v_Austria_(1982)