Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall is baffled by ‘weird’ goalpost farce in 1-0 win over Ajax… after goals for Champions League tie were ‘too much’ small by 10 centimeters’ and had to CHANGE shortly before kick-off
- Arsenal’s Champions League qualifier almost derailed by small goalposts
- Jonas Eidevall’s team found goals ‘too short by 10 centimeters at Ajax
- They beat Ajax 1-0 on the night to reach the Champions League group stage
Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Ajax turned into a farce on Wednesday night after the English club discovered the goals were four inches too small.
The Gunners, who eventually reached the group stage of the competition with a 1-0 win, had noticed in warm-up that the posts weren’t the right height.
Last-minute adjustments were made before kick-off, and further alterations were made at half-time, leaving Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall baffled.
Arsenal noticed the goal posts at Sportpark De Toekomst by 10 centimeters on Wednesday
Jonas Eidevall’s team called for adjustments to be made before kick-off and again at half-time
“It’s been a very strange experience coming here, a big club like Ajax, but we had to measure the goals before the game and it turned out that the goals were too small by 10 centimeters,” Eidevall said.
‘I’ve never experienced anything like this to be honest.’
Eidevall’s side also had to finish the game with 10 players after Beth Mead was sent off with a concussion. Arsenal had tried to bring in Lina Hurtig, but was told that they had used up all her substitution windows.
The Swedish coach’s team achieved a 3-2 aggregate victory over Dutch giants Ajax
The concussion substitute trial, introduced by the International Football Association board, ended in July.
“I think UEFA removed subconcussion, they still have the concussion protocol, which means the doctor makes the decision. There’s no question Beth needs to be taken out,’ Eidevall said.
‘The problem I have, and if that gets lost in translation, is that I asked the fourth official if we can do a concussion switch and she said yes, and so we’re preparing Lina, and then when are we going to do it? to do. she says no.
Vivianne Miedema scored from inside the box to give the visitors an important 1-0 win
“We had that break for two or three minutes and we could have spent a lot of time talking to the players about how we would have defended with 10 players.”
‘So I think that’s misinformation from the referee. Honestly, I don’t know how and why that could be, because for me it is a very simple question to answer yes or no.
‘In Sweden, where I come from, ice hockey is very important. If you attack to the head, they have realized how dangerous that is, they are very harsh in penalizing violence towards the head.
Eidevall’s side join Chelsea as the only other WSL to reach the Champions League group stage
Because that’s not just pain, it can have an impact for the rest of your life, so that means decisions have to be very good not to stay.
‘If that’s not a red card to go for a head like that, I know he doesn’t mean it, but he’s careless. And in the end it’s carelessness that puts Beth at real risk. I just hope she’s okay.
“I’m not surprised we’re coming out of this double header with two injuries.”
Vivianne Miedema scored the only goal of the game, firing from the edge of the box six minutes after the break.
Beth Mead had to be pulled shortly after coming off the bench due to a head injury