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KARMA for Thai football: Nishino's team benefited from argumentative decisions of referees at World Cup qualifiers, but this time NOT

KARMA for Thai football: Nishino's team benefited from argumentative decisions of referees at World Cup qualifiers, but this time NOT

In the match between Vietnam U22 vs Thailand U22 in the 30th SEA Games group stage, the equalizer of Park Hang Seo's team came from a successful 11m shot of Nguyen Tien Linh.

Before this goal, striker Nguyen Tien Linh was fouled by the Thai defender in the penalty area. At the first 11m shot, Huynh Tan Sinh failed but the referee allowed Vietnam to redo that penalty situation.

To make this decision, the referee must discuss it with his assistant. The reason is that before Huynh Tan Sinh touched the ball, both feet of the goalkeeper on the Thai side was not on the goal line. According to FIFA's law, the goalkeeper must place at least one foot on the line before the penalty kicker touches the ball.

Thanks to the Thai goalkeeper breaking the law, Vietnam U22 could replay the 11m spot.

FIFA rules in a situation that a team fouled when the penalty is taking:

- In case the foul is made by the conceding team: if the goal is scored, allowed, otherwise, replayed.

- In case the foul is made by the awarded team: if a goal is scored, replay. If not, the defending team will be awarded an indirectly free-kick at the foul area.

- Both have fouls, replay.

- If the kicker touches the ball a second time when no other player has touched the ball (even if the ball bounces off the crossbar and does not touch the goalkeeper), the indirect penalty will be awarded at the foul spot ( According to rule number 8th of Football Law).

According to the law, when applying to the penalty situation in this match, it meets various conditions: the team who was conceded the penalty has a mistake (the Thai goalkeeper moved his feet) + another Vietnamese striker fouled by running too soon into the 16m50 area + the kick failed, Vietnam could replay the penalty kick.

KARMA for Thai football: Nishinos team benefited from argumentative decisions of referees at World Cup qualifiers, but this time NOT

If Thai fans want to blame, then they just should feel pity for the defeat against Indonesia U22 in the opening match, which forced them to win Vietnam in the last match.

Furthermore, this penalty is like the retribution that the Thai team has suffered after they benefited from the referee's decision against Vietnam in the 2022 World Cup qualifier last month.

At the previous clash in My Dinh stadium, the ball was brought into Thailand's net after a header by Bui Tien Dung in the 32nd minute. However, referee Al Kaf did not allow the goal of the host.

The referee's decision to blow a penalty during this phase was very argumentative. In that case, Van Hau stood still and jumped, while goalkeeper Kawin took the initiative to hit Doan Van Hau when the Vietnamese player was in the air.

KARMA for Thai football: Nishinos team benefited from argumentative decisions of referees at World Cup qualifiers, but this time NOT

KARMA for Thai football: Nishinos team benefited from argumentative decisions of referees at World Cup qualifiers, but this time NOT

KARMA for Thai football: Nishinos team benefited from argumentative decisions of referees at World Cup qualifiers, but this time NOT

KARMA for Thai football: Nishinos team benefited from argumentative decisions of referees at World Cup qualifiers, but this time NOT

That cannot be considered as Van Hau's fault. Then, Bui Tien Dung's header into Thailand's net was a valid goal. The decision not to allow the goal was too wrong. That big mistake of Mr. Ahmed Al-Kaf made Vietnam lose a perfectly valid goal.

Back to the SEA Games' match, Thai fans will definitely blame the referee for letting Vietnam U22 replay the 11m. They will have a reason after the team of Akira Nishino officially became the former king as being eliminated from the SEA Games 30th group stage campaign.

In fact, two goals that Thailand U22 scored today are all due to the Vietnamese goalkeeper's fault. Other than that, War Elephant had no more real chances within more than 90 minutes at  Binan Football Stadium.

Actually, Mr. Nishino intended to rest all the attacking stars in the previous match versus Laos U22 (Supachai, Supachok, Suphanat, Kritsada) to unleash their efforts against Vietnam U22 in the final match, but this plan did not work. The army of Park Hang Seo is the ones who dominate the game, overwhelming from the beginning to the end, even though their best star Nguyen Quang Hai is injured.