For me, Jimmy Nielsen's dive was worse than Rivaldo's. What an embarrassment.
— Rupert Fryer (@Rupert_Fryer) April 18, 2013
And did a double take.
For those of you that don't know what the guy is referring to, watch this video:
And for comparison, here's the incident from last night:
Now I know that being a fan of Sporting KC I am a bit bias but that a horrible over exaggeration from the guy. As I said above, Nielsen overreacted to the contact, but I don't blame him for going down. During the replay of the play, New York's color analyst, Shep Messing said that Nielsen gets more contact coming out of the tunnel before the game, and others said he's taken harder shots in warmups. The difference is that unlike those instances, Nielsen wasn't expecting that. If you want I'm more than happy to go out and kick a ball straight at you from about 12 yards away and see if you go down, and my shot is probably no where near as hard as Juninho's last night.
Unlike the previously mentioned Rivaldo dive, at least Nielsen went down holding the right part of his body, grabbing his wrist, while Rivaldo gets the ball in the thigh and goes down clutching his face. I find the fact that he calls the Nielsen acting worse than that down right laughable.
Again I'm not condoning Nielsen's acting, I'm condemning the overacting that he (and other Sporting players) did last night. But Nielsen's is in no way worse than Rivaldo's dive at the World Cup in 2002. So let's have a laugh at an extreme overreaction.