Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial penalty in opposition to Ghana has been referred to as a piece of “genius” by the FIFA technical examine group member Sunday Oliseh.
Intelligent gamers ought to get as a lot credit score as new know-how, in line with Sunday Oliseh, a midfielder who performed at two World Cups for Nigeria and is finding out video games in Qatar for FIFA.
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“Perhaps the strikers are getting smarter? In case you have a look at the penalty that Ronaldo acquired,” he stated concerning the Portugal star seeming to tempt a Ghana defender right into a sort out that was judged a foul.
“Folks can say what they need about this man, however the smartness and the ingenious thought to simply being affected person and look forward to that break up second to the touch the ball first earlier than you,” Oliseh stated, “and proceed my leg in order that your contact will hit my leg.”
“That’s complete genius,” he added.
Ronaldo acquired off the turf to open the scoring in Portugal’s 3-2 win, one of many seven penalties transformed among the many 41 complete targets in 16 video games by means of Thursday.
FIFA’s knowledgeable analysts picked their World Cup traits Saturday from the primary 16 video games after every crew performed as soon as.
What the Technical Examine Group noticed was extra and higher crosses bearing fruit with an enormous enhance within the variety of targets — 14 as an alternative of three — coming from large areas in comparison with the 2018 match on the identical stage.
The 9 penalty kicks awarded within the first 16 video games put this World Cup on monitor for a file 36 in all the 64-game match. There have been 29 given by referees in 2018 after they first had video evaluations.
FIFA knowledge confirmed England, Spain, Germany and Argentina have been only at “counter-pressing” techniques many gamers routinely use at their golf equipment.