In Ligue 1, everyone would have been in the shower for a long time. But in the World Cup, we play extra time until the end, as Pierluigi Collina had wished, FIFA Referees Manager last week: “We will ensure that the referees make up for the minutes lost as best as possible with the aim of increasing the effective playing time. »
Brazilian referee Mr. Claus heard the message and the record for the longest World Cup match was broken on Monday at Khalifa Stadium: 117 minutes and 16 seconds of play, Opta statisticians had only never seen that, outside of overtime, since they counted additional time, in 1966
. This allowed Mehdi Taremi to score a double thanks to a very, very late penalty (90th + 13) to bring the score to 6-2.
The additional time of the first period was also long, due to the K.-O. suffered by the Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand (8th), and a rather revolting management of the concussion protocol.