In general I agree with the way the ladies played against Thailand, but I do think some of the celebrations were out of line. The 9th goal particularly was excessive, but when I watch it is also true that Rapinoe had tried to score a few and missed and this was her only goal and I think she just celebrated without really thinking about the score. There was a little bit of piling on at the end, they could have pulled the forwards back and just let the game end, but one might argue that is also a little disrespectful.
I think they should have pulled back, but I dont think it is egregious. In basketball you dont try to score when you have a 20 point lead and the ball in the last minute, you just let the clock expire.
In baseball, well, players always try to get a hit, even in a blowout. But there are unwritten rules about bunting to advance a hitter or stealing a base when you are too far ahead.
Was this poor sportsmanship?
- Yes, very poor sportsmanship
- Yes, but it was not terrible
- No, play hard until the whistle
- Who cares, it is Soccer
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