Viral video: One of the great football talesBy Joe Pickover
March 10, 2010
This story and accompanying video comes from the archives of the Shell Caribbean Cup contested by teams of the CONCACAF or Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.
You will have to stay with me on this one, it gets a little complicated.
In 1994 the fifth Shell Cup took place and going into the final game of the Group One qualifying stage, Barbados needed to beat Grenada by two clear goals to go through to the Shell finals.
The real anomaly within this story lies within a rule laid down before the game. The powers that be stated that if the game was a draw at the end of 90 minutes, a sudden death extra time period would take place. The governing body of CONCACAF stated that any goal scored in this period would be a golden goal counting for two goals, meaning the scoring team would be awarded a two goal victory.
Barbados got off to a dream start going 2-0 up early on until Grenada scored in the 83rd minute, leaving Barbados needing another goal to qualify.
With the game drawing towards full time and Grenada defending in numbers, a witty Barbados striker realised his side were unlikely to score another goal and decided his teams best chance was to get to extra time. With this in mind he turned his back on the rest of his team and buried one in his own net drawing the game level at 2-2!
The Grenadians quickly clocked onto this and attempted to score an own goal too, which would put Barbados back in front but still only by one goal, enough to eliminate them from the competition.
So the Barbados players were forced to defend both goals, as now a goal at either end would put them out.
Somehow Barbados scrambled to the final whistle with the score at 2-2.
They somehow then managed to score the miracle extra time golden goal which counted double sending them into the finals of the competition!
I hope that was not too confusing! The video below shows footage of this marvellous story.
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