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Top five World Cup dives

06/30/2014 12:35 AM

06/30/2014 10:47 AM

The Netherlands beat Mexico on Sunday after Arjen Robben’s blatant dive, er, after Robben was taken down in the penalty area. That led to a penalty kick at the end of the game, and Holland converted for a 2-1 win.

Robben admitted to diving in Sunday’s game, but he said he did it earlier in the match.

Believe what you want, but here are some other famous World Cup dives.

Italy’s Fabio Grosso vs. Australia in 2006

Italy made the penalty kick after Grosso’s stumble and went on to win the World Cup.

Brazil’s Rivaldo vs Turkey in 2002

You’ll note how the ball hits Rivaldo in the thigh, yet the pain somehow radiates to his face. Poor sportsmanship all around in this one.

Croatia’s Slaven Bilic vs. France in 1998

Pity Laurent Blanc who missed the final for France after Bilic was grazed in the neck area and grabbed his eye.

Italy’s Daniele De Rossi vs. Paraguay in 2010

This may be the worst dive you’ll ever see:

Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell vs. U.S. in qualifying in 2013

It wasn’t the World Cup, but we had to add this one that cost poor Matt Besler a yellow card.


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