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Craziest Football Match Ever

Barbados once had to score an own goal in order to win a football match!

This happened in a late game of the Caribbean Cup Tournament on January 27, 1994. The match was played at the Barbados National Stadium in Saint Michael, Barbados. It sounds really strange but there is a really good reason why Barbados had to do this, they were playing Grenada, and they needed to win by 2 goals in order to make it through to the next round of the tournament.

Barbados was leading 2-0 until the 83rd minute when Grenada scored making it 2-1. Approaching the dying moments the Barbadians realized they had little chance of scoring past Grenada’s defense in the time available so they deliberately scored an own goal to tie the game at 2-2. This would send the game into extra time and give them half an hour to break down the defense. The Grenadians realized what was happening and attempted to score an own goal as well which would put Barbados back in front by one goal and would eliminate Barbados from the competition.

However, the Barbados players started defending their opposition’s goal to prevent them from doing this, and during the game’s last five minutes the fans were treated to the incredible sight of Grenada trying to score in either goal while Barbados defended both ends of the pitch. Barbados successfully held off Grenada for the final five minutes sending the game into extra time. In extra time Barbados notched the game-winner and according to the rules was awarded a 4-2 victory which put them through to the next round. How crazy was that? Hahaha!

Grenada manager James Clarkson was furious. “I feel cheated, the person who came up with these rules must be a candidate for the madhouse.

“The game should never be played with so many players on the field confused. Our players did not even know which direction to attack; our goal or their goal. I have never seen this happen before. In football, you are supposed to score against your opponents in order to win, not for them.”

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