Champions’ League Balls: Arsenal Have Four Shots On Goal But Borussia Dortmund Had Hundreds
ONLY one fact matters in football: the money. But in modern day footy reporting, there are many, many facts. Take the number of shots in a game. Last night, the Daily Mail did the maths at Arsenal’s game in Borussia Dortmund and game up with facts. In a piece about how Arsenal scored against the run of play, Martin Samuels says Dortmund had 15 goalscoring attempts, what might be termed shots. The paper’s Statto counted 12.
The Mail is not alone is massaging the facts to shape the narrative. The Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson reports:
Dortmund could still consider themselves mightily unlucky last night — they had 19 shots to Arsenal’s four…
AFP: “Dortmund had 13 shots compared to Arsenal’s four”
BBC: Dortmund 15 shots; Arsenal 4
Uefa bucks the tend. Arsenal had FIVE shots:
Such are the facts.
PS – Arsenal won 1-0.