How I long for the days of 1-0 matches

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

I used to think that plenty of goals made for an exciting game of football, but now I’m not so sure.

When I was growing up in the 1970s and ’80s, it seeemed to me that big matches invariably finished with a 1-0 scoreline. Sometimes, a team would sneak an equaliser or maybe the winning side would net a late clincher, but goal gluts were certainly not the order of the day.

Okay, the football maybe wasn’t the most entertaining but it ensured you stayed tuned for the entire 90 minutes just in case something unexpected happened or, joy of joys, the match went to penalties.

Fast forward to the Tuesday night and the semi-final of the Champions League between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

With Real leading 1-0 from their home leg everything was set up for a cracker of a tie between, as the TV commentator put it, ‘‘the best team in Europe and the club with the best pedigree in Europe’’.

And a cracker it was ... for just over half an hour.

By then Real were 3-0 up – 4-0 on aggregate – and the match was effectively over.

I had fought hard to commandeer the television for the night but in the end happily handed over the remote control at 9 p.m.