24 minutes stoppage time at World Cup? – Collina: Not uncommon
Eight goals were scored in England’s 6-2 win over Iran at the start of the World Cup – the last of them in the 13th minute of injury time. In fact, in the second game of the World Cup in Qatar, an added time of officially 24 minutes – 14 after the first and 10 after the second half – was shown, which was then exceeded again.
Iran’s Mehdi Taremi (90+13) goal was the latest regular-time World Cup goal measured since detailed data was recorded in 1966, data provider Opta said on Twitter. The goal by Dutch Davy Klaassen (90+9) just one match later was the second-latest goal.
In principle, fans should be prepared for long stoppage times at this tournament, as referee chief Pierluigi Collina from the world football association FIFA had announced before the tournament. “We will calculate stoppage time very carefully and try to make up for the time lost due to incidents,” said Collina. “We don’t want there to be only 42 or 43 minutes of active play in a half, that’s not acceptable. The time lost through goal celebrations, substitutions, injuries or dismissals should always be made up for. “Seven, eight, nine minutes of stoppage time” are to be expected in a normal World Cup game in Qatar.
In the game between England and Iran, this rough measure was even surpassed after both halves – but also because of the very eventful game. In addition to the eight goals, there was a longer treatment break for the injured Iranian national goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand and a decision based on video evidence, in which referee Raphael Claus watched a scene again himself.