For the first time in Bleacher Report’s Dive or No Dive feature, we’re concentrating on a single player.
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben went to ground twice against Arsenal on Tuesday, drawing a penalty the second time.
He also drew the foul that had Wojciech Szczesny ejected from the first leg—a moment that no doubt had a significant effect on the Champions League Round of 16 tie between the Bundesliga and Premier League sides.
Following are video clips of the three incidents, and you’ll be able to vote on the Dutchman’s behaviour in all three.
Exhibit A: February 19, 2014
Mesut Ozil had already missed a penalty when David Alaba stepped up to the spot in the 40th minute of this Champions League Round of 16 first leg between Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
Three minutes earlier, Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos had sprung teammate Arjen Robben with a delightful chipped pass the Dutchman brought down with a high left boot.
But as he attempted to control the ball he was clattered into by onrushing Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was subsequently shown a red card for the challenge.
Alaba missed his penalty, however, although Bayern would go on to win 2-0 on the night.
Exhibit B: March 11, 2014
Midway through the second half of Tuesday’s second leg, Robben, having burst past Santi Cazorla, proceeded to round Thomas Vermaelen before Cazorla caught up with him and applied pressure from behind.
Feeling his foot caught up with the Spaniard’s boot, Robben took another step before throwing himself to ground and holding his ankle as if injured.
But the referee was unmoved and motioned for play to continue. He did not, however, book Robben for diving.
Exhibit C: March 11, 2014
Already headed into the next round of the competition, Bayern Munich were awarded a stoppage-time penalty when Robben went to ground following a challenge from Laurent Koscielny.
The two had fought a pitched battle the entire night, and while Koscielny had made contact with the 30-year-old inside the 18-yard box it was perhaps with some embellishment that Robben hit the floor.
Thomas Muller stepped up to do the business, but, after getting a piece of the shot, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was able to clear the ball away from danger as it spun along the goal line.
Still, Bayern prevailed 3-1 on aggregate and advanced into the Champions League quarterfinals.
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