Thursday, 14 June 2012

Ignorant Commentators

I've been watching the Germany-Netherlands game on TSN, and the commentator has on several occasions talked about the importance of goal difference.

The first tie breaker in European competitions is head to head results.  In particular, in the relevant cases for Group B---where Germany, Portugal and Denmark end on 6 points; or the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark on 3---the scoreline in this match will only be relevant if either Denmark beat Germany 3-2, or the Netherlands beat Portugal 3-2, and the other results go appropriately.

I mean, this is only the way UEFA has done things for at least a decade, I can see why it might be hard to figure out.

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