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Celebrate at your peril

Clarence Seedorf was right when he said Ghana had thrown away the opportunity to beat Germany. Instead they were  pegged back to a 2-2 draw.

He blamed their lack of focus on the celebrations following the goal which put the Ghanaians 2-1 ahead. And I have to agree with him.

Most people in football know that the majority of teams come straight back at you and score within five minutes of conceding.

Ghana didn’t read the script. The goal that put them in front was followed by a team dance, a free for all swamping of the scorer and at least a three minute break in proceedings.

Result? Too much energy expended, concentration lost and the opposition motivated by such joy by their opponents.

Bring back the days of a handshake and pat on the back which were all that was needed as a celebration pre 1970 World Cup.

I can’t imagine the joy of scoring in a World Cup. It must be fantastic. But a certain amount of discipline should be instilled into players by their manager about going over the top.

I am not a killjoy. Score and be happy but for goodness sake get back to the halfway line and prepare for the onslaught that awaits.

Peter Hayward

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