Watching the Chile versus Mexico game reinforced my belief that you should never give up; NEVER. After the third Chilean goal, the Mexican team basically gave up; and lost 7-0.
Why should a team that is losing by a large margin keep playing? Here’s one reason.
While in the Air Force, I regularly played soccer for my units’ teams. During the winter, we played indoor soccer; which is a bit faster than regular soccer. One time, we were playing against a really good team. By the end of the first half, we were down 5-0. Now, I don’t like losing at all… I was really frustrated that our team couldn’t see to get it together.
At the start of the second half, as we put the ball in play I fired a rocket; it went in. 5-1… the players on the other team started to get angry at each other because the defense didn’t stop the shot… hope rekindled??? We went to lose the game by 9-1…
At the end of the game, I was gloomy… then the goalkeeper from the other team came over and said to me: “Over 8 games I have not allowed a single goal… Yet I never saw the ball from your shot…” I laughed sympathetically, patted him on the back and parted our separate ways.
Despite our loss we did manage to dent the other team… The goalkeeper certainly thought so, and though we lost yet we managed to earn some respect from them.