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November 19, 2018

Gun Point: Did the "Best Team" Really Lose in the Semi Final?

Germany v France - EURO 2016 - Semi Final - Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France - 7/7/16 France's Olivier Giroud and teammates celebrate at the end of the match REUTERS/John Sibley
Germany v France - EURO 2016 - Semi Final - Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France - 7/7/16 France's Olivier Giroud and teammates celebrate at the end of the match REUTERS/John Sibley

Many sore losers like to use the phrase “the best team lost” over and over again and while in a simple mind that could be true; the only way to win a football game is to score goals.

That is the ultimate football rule. He who scores more goals than his opponent; wins the game.

It doesn’t say that he who dominates ball possession; or he who wins more tackles; it says he who scores more goals than his opponent wins the game.

Of course the fact is that in order to win a game; your team needs to have the ball; and needs to be completing passes and winning more tackles; but there’s a reason why the strikers get all the glory yet a football team is made up of eleven players.

If all that great football display on the pitch doesn’t result in a goal; then it’s all in vain; as there is no other way to win games; than by “scoring more goals than your opponent.”

If football was a game about displaying your skill; then Germany certainly entertained during their loss to France in the Euro semi final. They held onto the ball; they were more skilled and frankly; they kept me awake even though I was supporting the French to win. But it’s about being effective.

Too many times as a Gunner I’ve watched games that Arsenal dominated but were unable to finish off with goals. And that’s one of the reasons why we’ve gone 12 years without a league title and have never won the Champions League.

It’s rare that I’ll support a team that plays ugly but effective football; because support to me means the style of play must entertain me; but once in a while I crave that feeling of winning; and like in France’s case last night; ugly won.

At lease I know that on a good day the French can entertain me with their game which is why I support them in the first place. I also expect that on SundayI’ll get both; an entertaining game from my team; and a victory of course.

So whether the “best team won or lost the semi final” the fact is that France will line up to play Portugal on Sunday.

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