|QUOTE (kirant @ Jun 30 2014, 09:30 PM)|
|I get that it's a low scoring affair but nursing a lead for 45 is a terrible idea...one wrong bounce (like right to Sneijder) and you're borked. Mexico just proved it isn't a great idea to let the other team have full run of their half and basically play your end most of the time. You sit back on your heels and wait for them in a defensive shell with such a fragile lead and you're just asking them to get good opportunities. Two goal leads I could understand in soccer since goals are harder to come by. But one goal leads are just playing odds. |
I guess I ask because I see teams doing this all the time in hockey. One goal and two goal leads can easily become problems when the team down get to stay on the attacking end of the ice. One goal and momentum shifts. Teams often lose by trying to nurse a one or two goal lead too quickly. You really have to push until you have a three goal lead. Similarly, I think it's a mistake to not keep pushing hard for goals until you have a two goal lead. Then you might be able to get away with a dumping, defensive game.
It was a bad move, but Netherlands literally offered nothing going forward at the time, and to be honest, for the game. I can see why they made it. If they'd played keep-ball when they got it, instead of chasing, it might've been better. Gio going off was the dumbest move.