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Pepe Reina Rages At World Cup Ball-Makers Interested In 'Spectacle'

Pepe Reina Rages At World Cup Ball-Makers Interested In 'Spectacle'

In the build up to this summer's World Cup in Russia, Spain's Pepe Reina was one among a number of goalkeepers who had taken serious issue with the official game ball of the tournament.

Although the World Cup has hardly experienced a spate of goalkeeping errors on account of the Adidas football, Uruguay's Fernando Muslera was an unfortunate exception to that rule this afternoon when he palmed an Antoine Griezmann shot into his own goal.

Although some questioned the effectiveness of Muslera's approach rather than the ball itself, Reina is certain that his pre-tournament warnings have come to fruition.

Taking to Twitter, the former Liverpool 'keeper criticised those who cherished the 'spectacle' of goals ahead of the goalkeeper's capabilities to deal with the ball.

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Identifying the undetermined 'we', Reina believes that the incessant 'inventing' of new balls ultimately undermines goalkeepers; leaving them with little choice but to guess, or intuit what direction a ball may travel.

A desperately sad afternoon for Muslera, his mistake all but ended Uruguay's hopes of dragging their way back into this afternoon's World Cup quarter-final.

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