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Remembering the international fixture where football as we knew it disappeared

In a Caribbean Cup qualification match one side needed a goal at either end to qualify

If you thought VAR confused things, wait until you hear about this

A rule was introduced in the Caribbean Cup where the ‘Golden Goal’ in extra time counted for two – but it never left the West Indies.

Here is why.


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What were the organisers thinking?

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What were the organisers thinking?

The setting for this slapstick farce was the Barbados National Stadium in Saint Michael.

Barbados were playing Grenada in a crucial qualification game for the Caribbean Cup when carnage unfolded.

The home side had to win by two to qualify and were 2-0 up until the 83rd minute. Grenada scored a goal which would have seen them go through ahead of Barbados on goal difference.
Nothing too complicated here.

The Bajans then realised this bonkers rule could be used to their advantage.

The Bajan Puyol

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The Bajan Puyol

With three minutes left, the Bajans scored an own goal – with a view of forcing an extra 30 minutes to find the ‘Double Goal’ and see them qualify.

During the remaining five minutes football as we knew it disappeared.

The Grenadians knew a goal at either end would send them through so in the most ridiculous scenes we have ever seen on a football pitch, they started attacking both ends.

But in a scene of out one of Neil Warnock’s wet dreams the Bajans found themselves defending both goals.

It was organised chaos at its finest.

Jason Roberts is from Grenada

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Jason Roberts is from Grenada

The Barbados team managed to hold firm and the game went to extra-time.

To round it all off, the Bajans bagged a goal in extra time which qualified them whilst eliminating their opponents.

It left the Grenada manager, James Clarkson furious as he said, “The person who came up with these rules must be a candidate for a mad house.”

Needless to say, the rule has since been scrapped.
Did the creator end up in a mad house?

We can only assume so.


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