Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Fair enough. The shirt grab was a mistake, but whose to say they would have stayed down for long. They seem to be the team that always gets a goal when they need one. They only needed a draw to advance, yet they played for the win.
True, and I'm glad the Germans are through, because I admire their style of play.
But refs are criticized for rewarding diving and players who accentuate fouls, however, in this case the player fights through the foul to try to score and gets nothing for his effort. It's a shame because it emboldens the argument of those who fall at the first sign of contact.
The Germans would've been down 1 late in the second half and down a man ... A tough situation for even the best of teams.