Footballs most confusing match ever played had some goals counting for double

The Caribbean Cup might be defunct now but it still has left a lasting legacy in football. In the 1994 competition, Trinidad and Tobago emerged as winners, but their victory was a footnote, as this was the tournament that provided the strangest football match to ever take place.

Barbados, Grenada, and Puerto Rico were seeded together in the qualifying round. Barbados lost to Puerto Rico 1-0 and Grenada beat Puerto Rico 2-0. Only one team could progress and with Puerto Rico now out it would be between the two lasting teams.

Rules in the competition didn’t allow for draws; instead, if the scores were tied past 90 minutes, the match would go to a sudden death ‘golden goal' in extra-time.

Barbados found themselves 2-1 up with full-time approaching. But they needed to beat Grenada by a two-goal deficit at least to progress. Thankfully for them, the competition’s organisers, for some bizarre reason, had imposed the rule that goals scored in extra time were worth two goals.

Barbados realised they had a couple of ways of winning – and one was easier than the other. They could either try and score another goal to make it 3-1 in what little time was left – or they could score an intentional own-goal, go to extra-time with the game at 2-2, then attempt to get that precious golden goal that’s worth two.

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They went with the latter option, scoring in their own net in ordinary time. But then Grenada also cottoned on. They themselves grasped how they could manipulate the rules to their advantage: If the score stayed the same at 2-2 they would have to go to extra-time, providing their opponents with the opportunity to score a goal worthy of two.

Remember, Barbados needed a two-goal victory, so a 3-2 win normal time and a 3-2 loss wouldn’t be enough.. And with that, the most ridiculous five minutes of football ensured, with Grenada attempting to score in either goal while Barbados frantically attempted to defend both the nets on the pitch.

Miraculously, Grenada was unable to find the net in normal time. The pair went into extra-time and Barbados scored a goal worthy of two and advanced to the next stage with a 4-2 victory.

Grenada might've gone back with their tail between their legs but the footballing world was granted a piece of unbelievable history.

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