Why Bernardo Silva did not celebrate with his teammates after Portugal’s victory against Switzerland in the FIFA World Cup 2022
The 21-year-old attacker, who earned his Portugal debut last month, was precise with his shots and scored Portugal’s opening goal in the 17th minute from a difficult angle.
Bernardo Silva, a midfielder, did not join his teammates in celebrating, opting instead to stay on the pitch near the corner flag in an uncommon scenario.
Fans who were paying close attention saw the move, and Silva made it because he did not want his side to give up a goal.
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This is because it was believed that if all 10 outfield players had left the field, the other team could resume the game.
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The identical act was done by Kieran Trippier after Harry Kane scored the winning goal for England against Tunisia in Russia four years prior.
The same rule’s flaw was to blame, leading players to believe that if all outfield players left the field, opponents may start play and perhaps score a goal.
The Law 8 clearly stipulates that “all players, save the person taking the kick-off, must remain in their own half of the field of play,” which contradicts this argument, according to FIFA.
Silva might have celebrated without worrying about a Switzerland restart, so to speak.