Dive of the Day: Brazil's Marcelo appeals to the ref for a World Cup penalty, flops when that fails.
Dive of the Day: Marcelo Appeals to Ref for Penalty, Then Flops
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June 17 2014 5:30 PM

Dive of the Day: Marcelo Appeals to Ref for Penalty, Then Flops

Pretty please, ref?

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This one is special. Near the end of the scoreless draw between Brazil and Mexico, Marcelo tried to win Brazil a second undeserved penalty in as many games. Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır, who had been exceptional all game aside from one early mistake, was having none of it.

We score dive of the day on three categories: level of actual contact (1 if there's no contact at all, 10 for a huge collision), level of simulated contact (1 for a stoic response, 10 for acting like you've been shot), and dive duration.


Level of actual contact: 2
Level of simulated contact: 8
Dive duration: 2 seconds 

With Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa playing out of his mind, it’s no wonder Marcelo attempted to steal the win in the 88th minute. The Real Madrid defender actually tried petitioning to the ref before crumpling in a heap on the lightest of touches. That sort of thing never works! Oh right, except for that one time

Jeremy Stahl is a Slate senior editor. You can follow him on Twitter.