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Champions’ League Balls: Arsenal Have Four Shots On Goal But Borussia Dortmund Had Hundreds

by | 7th, November 2013

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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.

 

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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:

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Such are the facts.

PS – Arsenal won 1-0.



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