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Cristiano Ronaldo has been known as a “total genius” by Fifa for the way in which by which he received a penalty for Portugal of their World Cup victory over Ghana.
The 37-year-old transformed from the spot to turn into the primary man to attain at 5 completely different Fifa World Cups.
Portugal received 3-2, however the awarding of the spot-kick outraged Ghana boss Otto Addo, who stated it was “not a penalty”.
At a briefing in Doha, Fifa technical research group (TSG) member Sunday Oliseh stated strikers are “getting smarter”.
The TSG, which is led by former Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger, seems to be at every match and offers evaluation together with efficiency knowledge and traits.
After 20 video games on this match, 9 penalties have been awarded, which is on monitor to succeed in the earlier report of 24 that got within the group levels in Russia 4 years in the past.
Poland’s Robert Lewandowski and Canada’s Alphonso Davies have seen their efforts saved, whereas the remaining seven have been scored.
This contains Ronaldo, who went down below a problem from Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu. Former England defender Matt Upson, talking on BBC Radio 5 Stay, known as it a “dive”.
Ghana boss Addo was left fuming after the defeat and informed BeIN Sports activities: “The referee gave a penalty which was not a penalty – everyone saw that. Why? Because it’s Ronaldo or something?
“The referee was not in our favour.”
But former Nigeria international Oliseh, who played at the 1998 World Cup, feels Ronaldo was clever in his movement to win the penalty that allowed him to score his 118th international goal.
“Perhaps the strikers are getting smarter?” stated Oliseh.
“The Ronaldo penalty, individuals can say what they need about him, however the smartness to attend for that second, to the touch the ball, proceed his leg after which get the contact. That’s whole genius.
“Let’s give strikers the compliment for getting smarter. VAR is also a major reason why this (more penalties being awarded) is happening. Referees can look at it three or four times.”
‘Groups will turn into braver’
There have been 4 goalless video games within the opening 16 matches, which set a brand new report of 25% within the first spherical of group video games.
A fifth adopted on Friday as England and the US performed out a stalemate of their second recreation of the match in Qatar.
The report variety of 0-0 attracts on the World Cup stands at seven, which occurred at 4 completely different editions of the match, however Qatar 2022 is already near that tally with solely 20 of the 64 scheduled video games accomplished earlier than Saturday’s matches.
On the final World Cup in Russia, there was one goalless draw, between Denmark and France in a gaggle recreation.
“Teams have not wanted to take too much of a risk,” stated Oliseh.
“Clearly many teams are relying on a cautious approach,” added colleague Alberto Zaccheroni, who received Serie A with AC Milan and the Asian Cup when he was coach of Japan.
“But as the tournament progresses we will see teams become a bit braver.”
Gamers ‘feeling comfy’ with matchball
A complete of 49 targets have been scored within the 20 matches performed by the tip of Friday, 25 November.
The primary spherical of 16 video games didn’t see a single objective scored from outdoors the field. Two have been scored from distance within the 4 video games thus far performed within the second spherical of matches, which is considerably fewer than at this stage prior to now two tournaments.
Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi broke the pattern on Friday with a rasping strike towards Wales, whereas later within the day, the Netherlands ahead Cody Gakpo scored in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador.
The ‘Al Rihla’ match ball developed for the World Cup is described by Fifa as “travelling faster than any ball” within the match’s historical past.
World soccer’s governing additionally stated the ball “provides the highest levels of accuracy and reliability on the field of play”.
TSG member Faryd Mondragon, who performed in objective for Colombia on the 1998 World Cup, informed BBC Sport: “Technology has improved the game, it is helping the ball, boots, gloves, data. Everything is for the improvement of the game.
“When you’ve good shooters, any form of ball can be quick and harmful. I’ve spoken with pals from all around the world, this can be a ball they’re all feeling comfy with.
“Us goalkeepers are always talking about the fast moving ball but everything is for the good of the game.”
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