Scotland Lassies crashed out of the World Cup Last Night to a late penalty that meant they could only draw 3 - 3 with Argentina, having lead 3 - 0 they really only have themselves to blame!! However, it was again a debatable issue. The penalty itself was give by V.A.R after the referee waved play on, looking at the replays of the tackle and the slowed down footage, I would on balance say it was a penalty, I tend to go on direction of the ball, and it doesn't look as if the Scots defender gets contact on the ball otherwise it would have take a different direction. Just my opinion!!!
The penalty itself was decent but the Scots keeper pulled off an excellent double save, saving the penalty kick and then diving in where only goalkeepers dare to go, head first at the feet of the in rushing Argentine. So far so good!!!!!! But then it was decided that the keeper moved off her line early??? But watch the slowed down footage, she only moves as the strikers foot makes contact with the ball, well that's how it seems to me and I've watched it several times now. My opinion is the keeper was in her rights to move when she did??? Either way the powers that be ruled that the kick be retaken and the Argie scored.
So then, Question??? Would they have made Argentina take the penalty again if she had scored first time???? By the letter of the law she would have had to, I think I'd be correct in saying so!!! This may become very relevant in our own league matches sooner than we think, goalkeepers could start to use this new ruling to their advantage. Step off the line, force a couple of retakes therefore affecting the takers nerves???? If the powers that be are going to insist on the positioning and stance of the keeper then surely they have to go back to the old penalty ruling for the striker, no stuttering runs or feigning the kick, one run up (optional) and one clean strike of the ball. It has to be equal for the striker and the keeper!!! All this stuttering scenario was brought into the game by the foreigners who clearly dont seem to understand the penalty rules (controversial).