Penalty or Not: Proenca and Netherlands v. Mexico
I watch Arjen Robben play the way I watch Luis Suarez, always half-cringing. They’re both so difficult to watch the way they throw themselves about, straining to get a foul or a penalty instead of – you know – playing the game. They’re both much too talented to have to act that way. I know it’s their game and it works for them, but it’s painful to watch.
And it worked for Robben today.
Netherlands was behind Mexico, 1-0, until Wesley Sneijder tied it with a beautiful strike. Four minutes into the six minutes of added time (partly because of three minutes added for the cooling break), Robben did his thing.
Clearly, Rafa Marquez is late here and there is contact. Clearly, Robben cons Marquez into the penalty by leaving his leg trailing and he then makes a meal of it.
Anyone who’s been whinging about the Diego Costa contact on De Vrij in the Spain v. Netherlands had better be complaining about this, too; this would be the exact same thing, except probably more blatant.
So, my feeling is it probably was the right call, but I have a very sour taste in my mouth. I wish it weren’t so.
(To be fair, I think he should have gotten a penalty earlier in the game, so it probably evens out, but it doesn’t make this feel any better.)
What do you think?
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