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Goalkeeper Saves Penalty, Celebrates but ball rolls in (Video)

This is a great video of a goalkeeper who saves a penalty and starts to celebrate the penalty save. The goalkeeper saved the ball but the spin on the ball means that the ball continues to roll into the net while the keeper continues to celebrate – kissing his badge, even though the stadium is almost empty.

This too place September 10th, between Maghreb Fez and FAR Rabat in a decider for the quarter-finals of Morocco’s Coupe du Trone. The penalty shootout decide the winner and it was during this penalty shootout, FAR goalkeeper Khalid Askri thought he saved an important penalty and immediately began to celebrate his save. He turns his back on the goal, patting his chest and kissing his badge … what he didn’t notice is that the ball had some lots of spin on it and actually bounced and rolled back into the goal after his initial block. The referee nods and awards the goal and Askri’s team ended up losing the shootout 7-6.

A very funny sporting blooper which is sure to end up on some sports bloopers DVD for Christmas…

England Goal – Ball did not dross the line

England Goal – Ball did not dross the line

There is now evidence, perhaps from the FIFA camp, (who knows) that the ball did not cross the line during the German match.

As you can see from the photo below, taken from the goal line video, the ball was not fully over the line as the shot came in and beat the keeper.

Ball did not cross the line - England Germany match

Really at this stage FIFA need to introduce video footage into games – if they don’t they are stupid and behind the times.

Apart from Englands disallowed goal, In the Mexico game the first goal was clearly offside again, everyone could see it was offside.

Who needs to mention the cheating which was clearly visible on the Thierry Henry “Hand of Frog” incident.

FIFA – Get the finger out and don’t let this crap continue!
It’s embarrassing!

World Cup Score Predictions – Wednesday June 23rd

Slovenia v England is the big match today. England must win and they probably will have enough to get past Slovenia, if they don’t then heads will roll as they should be up for this game, with all the hype and the past performances being highlighted within the camp. If they are ready, then they could do well today – if not, they may just scrape past Slovenia.

USA v Algeria could have an impact on England should England draw with Slovenia. USA look good so far and seem to have a good game plan. This could be another USA draw but if they keep the concentration and get an early goal they could win by a goal or two.

Australia v Serbia is a tough one to call; Australia have to bounce back after the German Hammering, but need to win today, Serbia might be too much for them. One goal will probably decide this game, most probably in Serbias favour.

Ghana v Germany is (or should be) a no brainer. Germany should have no problem in winning this game, unless they do a France and just fall apart which is 100/1 unlikely. Could be 3 or 4 in this one.

Score Predictions for todays games:

–   Slovenia 0 – 2 England

–   USA 1 – 0 Algeria

–   Australia 0 – 1 Serbia

–   Ghana 0 – 3 Germany

World Cup Score Predictions, June 22nd – France to be Eliminated

Mexico vs. Uruguay

I think Mexico and Uruguay will pass the ball to each other knowing that a nil nil draw will knock France out of the competition… The Curse of Henry strikes! If Mexico accidentally score, Uruguay just need to equalise with an OG – easily done ! It could be 12 – 12 as a premeditated joke between the 2 teams but will probably be scoreless or at least 1-1.

France vs. South Africa

The Curse of Henry strikes again – disarray in the French camp. If they score 40 goals and Mexic and Uruguay draw they will still fail to qualify. Bye Bye Henry – Go home and quit and don’t come holidaying in Ireland!

Nigeria vs. South Korea

I think South Korea will want to get one over on their neighours from the north and want to avoid any 7-0 hammerings. I think it will be a close game probably being won in the last 20 mins.

Greece vs. Argentina

Greece have a tough match and I think Argentina might knock a few past these guys.
Another hatrick for Argentina?

Probably miles off but these are my predictions for today.

Mexico 0 – 0 Uruguay
France 1 – 1 South Africa (but I Would love to see France 0 – 4 South Africa)
Nigeria 1 – 2 South Korea
Greece 0 – 4 Argentina

Good Luck Mexico !! Mexico 2 – France 0 – World Cup Exit Looming??

Good luck to Mexico as they play France tonight in the World cup.

I think the whole of Ireland are praying for a scoreline of Mexico 2 – France 0 … With Mexico opening the scoring with an own goal from Thierry Henry powerful shot, in off his face)  and the second goal a penalty after Henry handballed ( he was caught this time ) in the box. The Irish referee (Mr. K. Arma) had no option but to give the spot kick and then dismis from the field by the ref.

Who knows. … This could happen !!

7:30 tonight – We all hope to see Headlines reading “France lose against Mexico in the World Cup – Ireland Delighted

World Cup Organisers will hopefully ban VuVuZelas (Vous Vous Zella)

If you have watched any of the matches in the world cup then you will have heard the annoying dull drone of the VuVuZelas (or Vous Vous Zella as I have seen them being spelled online). Pressure is now growing on the World Cup organisers to ban the use of vuvuzelas following many complaints from top players, TV broadcasters and world cup fans. This dreadful VuVuZelas plastic horn is spoiling the tournament on TV and I am now turning down the volume on the TV as the noise from the VuVuZelas grates on your ears after a while.

The vuvuzelas or VuVuZelas are extremely popular among South African fans, and many teams were warned about the effect of the VuVuZelas on the pitch. Many broadcasters have complained that commentary cannot be heard. France even had the nerve that the vuvuzela was a factor in their poor display in their goalless draw with Uruguay. (not because they played bad or were unable to cheat or handball).

But South Africa call the vuvuzela their “12th man that we need … our weapon”.

If the vuvuzela is not banned coult the psychological influence and noise distraction help then through to the latter stages of the competition?