Sneijder Moves Into Tie for Goal-Scoring Lead After FIFA Changes Credit

Wesley Sneijder has been credited with the first Netherlands goal in yesterday’s 2-1 upset of Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals, putting him in a tie for the tournament lead.

FIFA’s Technical Study Group, which has final say on goal credits, made the change today, soccer’s governing body said in a statement. The score was originally called an own goal against Felipe Melo after Sneijder’s cross went in off the Brazilian midfielder’s head.

“Shots which are on target (i.e. goal bound) and come off a defender, or shots which rebound from the goal frame and bounce off a defender or goalkeeper may be considered as an own goal, but in this instance the TSG have decided to credit the goal to the attacking player,” the FIFA statement said.

Sneijder, who also scored the second Dutch goal yesterday, now has four to tie Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain, Slovakia’s Robert Vittek and Spain’s David Villa atop the scoring list.

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