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Goalkeeper Is Responsible For The Greatest Bit Of Time-Wasting In Football

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Goalkeeper Is Responsible For The Greatest Bit Of Time-Wasting In Football

Time-wasting is one of the most infuriating things in football. You love it when your goalkeeper is able to buy you a bit of precious time to see you through but when it's the other way round and against your side, it really gets your blood boiling.

A lot of goalkeepers use the tactic fairly regularly so it doesn't come as too much of a surprise when the opposition's No.1 changes where he places the ball for his goal kick, clicks his boots against the post and then takes an absolute age to hoof the ball up the pitch.

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But we can confidently say that no time-wasting antics will trump that of Romanian goalkeeper Mihai Minca.

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Minca plays for Voluntari and was between the sticks for the relegation play-off against Concordia. His side were leading 2-1 in the 75th minute and Minca thought he'd start his time-wasting nice and early.

He places the ball and keeps walking for what feels like forever. You think he's going for an early bath as he briefly takes the slightest step through the door of the tunnel before getting a move on and eventually taking his goal-kick.

The referee dishes out a yellow for time-wasting. Image: PA
The referee dishes out a yellow for time-wasting. Image: PA

It's entirely unnecessary but yet the most beautiful bit of gamesmanship at the same time.

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Unfortunately for Minca, his time-wasting backfired in the end as Concordia scored an 88th minute equaliser to relegate Voluntari to the second tier.

Time-wasting is still rife in the beautiful game, with 48 minutes of the Cardiff-Burnley game being lost because the ball was out of play.

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A good chunk of the delays and stoppages came from Cardiff skipper Sean Morrison taking 20 throw ins and wasting a total of eight minutes.

Topics: Romania, Football News, Football

Josh Lawless
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