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January 5, 2016

That 1966 goal: do we finally have proof that it crossed the line?

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That goal. That endlessly elusive third England 1966 World Cup Final goal which turned the tide.

Did Geoff Hurst’s attempt cross the line after hitting the underside of the cross bar or not, Bahramov, the Azerbaijani linesman, believed that it had and England despite violent German protests were ahead.

Should they have been? Now new evidence has been advanced after meticulous examination by former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, now acting as a Sky TV pundit, who after extensive use of modern gadgetry assures us that the ball indeed went over. Adding that this was why Roger Hunt – old evidence indeed – had thought it hadn’t he would never have wheeled away in triumph.

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As one who wrote the commentary for Goal the official World Cup film and spent much time examining the goal on the official footage, I confess I could not descry anything decisive.

But I would add that in forever discussing this goal and its ramifications we are essentially begging the question. Which arguably remains: should the free kick from which the Germans got their somewhat scrappy late equaliser have ever have been given at all? Given it was however against Jackie Charlton, then England’s centre half for an alleged foul on West Germany’s Siggi Held.

But there was always some reason to think that the foul was against Charlton himself, so that the crucial free kick should not have been awarded against him and England.

No doubt the latest arguments will be rejected in Germany. But they surely enjoyed enormous luck when winning the World Cup of 1954 in Berne against the red hot favourites Hungary, when it became all too clear soon afterwards that the German players had been doped. Something which became clearer still when football resumed and almost the whole of the German team dropped out with jaundice.

Nowadays Germany would surely have been disqualified. Come to that and while we are on the subject. Should Ferenc Puskas’ late equaliser have been disallowed for offside. Mervyn Griffiths the Welsh linesman was he who agitated his flag, Bill Ling, the English referee, disallowed the goal. It was at the least a very close decision.

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Frank Lampard 'ghost goal' controversy, Manuel Neuer admission and FIFA apology

One of the most controversial goals in World Cup history occurred on this day 11 years ago as Frank Lampard and England were cruelly denied a legitimate goal

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If karma has a way of working in the world of football, it certainly chooses its moments. More specifically, crucial fixtures involving England and Germany.

In 1966, England had benefitted from Geoff Hurst’s strike against Germany infamously “crossing” the line on their way to winning the World Cup. But some 34 years later, it was England’s turn to feel aggrieved.

Frank Lampard’s “ghost goal” will forever haunt the Three Lions with the unknown path of what could have been after their heavy 4-1 defeat to Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final.

The former Chelsea midfielder had brilliantly spotted Manuel Neuer off his line from 25 yards out, looping a half-volley over the German stopper, only to watch his effort to bounce down off the underside of the crossbar.

It looked for all the world that his effort had crossed the line and the England players lifted their arms, half in celebration and half in asking for confirmation. It never came.

The match was being broadcast live by the BBC in front of millions of viewers and even commentator Guy Mowbray, usually a calm and composed operator, could not hide the incredulity in his voice.

“It’s surely crossed the line!” He said after reviewing the replay.

“It’s not been given! Surely that was in? Oh it’s in… it’s so far in!”

The post-match reaction was filled with rage and understandably so. German legend Jurgen Klinsmann described the farce as a “disgrace”, while Alan Shearer — the former striker working as a pundit for the game — labelled it a “terrible decision”.

Of course, this was 11 years ago. Football was a different beast then — there was no VAR or goal-line technology and HawkEye was a little-known entity at this point.

Still, it was obvious from the naked eye that the ball had indeed crossed the line. The problem was the assistant referee, Mauricio Espinosa, was tracking the movements of the Germany defenders on the edge of the box and therefore was 15 yards away from the goal line.

The referee, Jorge Larrionda, was distracted by a challenge in front of him seconds before Lampard pulled the trigger and was placed even further away.

Those who had the power to give the goal simply couldn’t do so if they were not 100 per cent certain — and they were not.

In a refreshing interview, Espinosa admitted after the game that it should have been a goal but he had not seen the ball go over the line.

"It was a very fast shot that I did not see properly, even though I was located in the right place," he told El País.

"We didn't see a replay in the dressing room at half-time but you could sense what had happened. It was only when we saw the TV that we realised what happened.

"I feel quite sad about it because we had prepared for such a long time for the World Cup. It could have happened to anyone, unfortunately it was us. You just have to accept it. Life goes on."

Neuer admitted at the time that he had done his best to deceive the officials: "I tried not to react to the referee and just concentrate on what was happening.

"I realised it was over the line and I think the way I carried on so quickly fooled the referee into thinking it was not over."

It is unfortunate that incidents of this nature were needed to accelerate the use of technology in football.

What rubbed salt in the wound was the subsequent apology from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, accepting it was an error on the officials’ part, while refusing to acknowledge that only four months prior FIFA had voted to “shut the door” on goal-line technology.

With some form of video review, England would have been level at 2-2. While new tech was brought in for the greater good, the result can never be changed.

Hindsight is golden, but the goal-that-never-was came at such a crucial time. The controversial incident had occurred just 53 seconds after Matthew Upson had got a goal back for Fabio Capello’s side. Germany were on the ropes and two goals in the space of minute would have unquestionably swung the momentum in England’s favour.

But guided by the creative brilliance of Mesut Ozil and goals from Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and a double from Thomas Muller, Germany ran riot to seal their place in the semi-finals. England would bow out from South Africa, rife with bitter and anger.

Lampard has since reflected on the goal with a wide scope, reiterating his disappointment that it did not count but conceding that it affected real change for the better in football.

"I don't think much about it," said the midfielder at the 2014 World Cup.

"I can't see much point in having sleepless nights about it.

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"It changed the game for the better, so I'm pleased about that. It's a positive move for the game as a whole with the introduction of goal-line technology.”

But some of his ex-England team-mates couldn’t get past it.

Left-back Stephen Warnock watched events unfold from the England substitutes' bench that evening at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein and the former Liverpool defender recalled the cagey atmosphere in the dressing room after the game.

"There was a silence in the changing room that I'd not heard for a long, long time," he told Sky Sports News.

"I think the 'goal' was still on everyone's mind and it was frustrating for the players."

As England prepare to tackle the knockout stages at Euro 2020, football has evolved and similar incidents are near-impossible nowadays thanks to the modern advancement of technology.

But for the England supporters and players there on that day in South Africa 11 years ago, it doesn’t make remembering the “ghost goal” any less painful.

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England vs Germany: Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' was 11 years ago today

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England and Germany reignite one of international football's biggest rivalries next Tuesday at Wembley Stadium.

Their encounter in the last-16 of Euro 2020 will be the first between them in a competitive setting since the 2010 World Cup.

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That day in Bloemfontein, Joachim Low's Germany blew the Three Lions away, winning the game 4-1 thanks to goals from Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller (x2).

England's only goal came courtesy of a header from centre-back Matt Upson, a strike that reduced the deficit to just 2-1.

Shortly after Upson's goal, one of the most infamous incidents in footballing history took place.

Article image:England vs Germany: Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' was 11 years ago today

Exactly 11 years ago today on June 27th, 2010, Frank Lampard 's effort crashed off the underside of Manuel Neuer's crossbar and went about two feet over the line, but it was somehow not given as a goal.

The linesman didn't spot that the ball was virtually halfway between the goal-line and the back of net, with no technology present at the time to rectify the official's mistake.

It still hurts, doesn't it England fans?

Mark Lawrenson in the commentary box absolutely laid into former FIFA president Sepp Blatter about the absence of technology at the 2010 World Cup.

The former Liverpool man said live on air: "What is it FIFA don't want? Technology, thanks very much Sepp Blatter. I hope he's here and I hope he's squirming in his seat by the way."

Well said, Mark.

Lampard's goal that wasn't given really is one of those classic 'what if...?' moments in football.

Had Fabio Capello's Three Lions side gone in at the half-time break with the scores level at 2-2, there's a good chance the second half would have been a far closer affair.

But in the end, England were deservedly thrashed by Germany after a truly woeful showing in the final 45 minutes of the game.

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Back in 2014, Lampard himself spoke about the incident in South Africa and instead of slamming the officials, the Chelsea legend stated he was happy that it paved the way for the introduction of goal-line technology.

"I don't think much about it," he said. "I can't see much point in having sleepless nights about it.

"It changed the game for the better, so I'm pleased about that. It's a positive move for the game as a whole with the introduction of goal-line technology."

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Some of the greatest football moments in history have come from the rivalry between England and Germany.

Some of the greatest football moments in history have come from the rivalry between England and Germany .

These two European giants have had several thrilling matches that kept their fans on the edge of their seats.

Whether it has been controversial decisions or disallowed goals, both have a long history together on the pitch.

Now, the Three Lions and Die Mannschaft met again in the Nations League on Tuesday night, where the match ended 1 all. Jonas Hofmann opened the scoring for Germany after the break, while England's talisman, Harry Kane scored a late penalty to secure a point.

Following their 1-1 draw in Munich, we decided to look back on some of the most dramatic moments between England and Germany since 2000.

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5. Three Lions’ roaring in Munich

The 2001 World Cup qualifier is likely one of England's best-ever performances, with a hat-trick by Michael Owen and scores from Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey securing a huge 5-1 win for Sven-Goran Eriksson's side - despite Germany taking the lead six minutes in.

The win also made the England manager a cult hero after a memorable night in Munich.

4. Dietmar Hamann greeting the old Wembley Stadium

Fittingly, the final event in the old Wembley stadium was a World Cup qualifier against Germany in 2002. The game was then decided by just one goal, a skilful free-kick from Dietmar Hamann that beat England's number one, David Seaman.

This game also saw the end of Kevin Keegan's as the manager of England after he resigned immediately resigned after the match.

3. The English comeback

Even though it was only a friendly, it was certainly one of the most entertaining matches, and the Three Lions celebrated as if it were something more. After going down 2-0, England pulled off a dramatic comeback, with Harry Kane scoring one goal and Jamie Vardy scoring another only 15 minutes later.

Eric Dier then powered home a header in injury time and earned England a victory against complacent Germany.

2. Lampard’s ghost goal in South Africa

Frank Lampard's ghost goal certainly ranks among the most dramatic moments in England's history, and not just against Germany.

England went on to get hammered 4-1 thanks to goals from Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and a brace from Thomas Muller.

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Gareth Southgate's side's 2-0 win over Germany last year is probably the most recent meeting between the two sides that England fans can recall.

The Three Lions' first knockout win in 55 years and their first competitive victory over Germany since 2001 came as a result of late goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane against one of the tournament's toughest opponents.

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Euro 2020: Penalty misses, 'ghost goals' and tears - England prepare to meet Germany again

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It had to be, didn't it?

It could have been any one of four teams - and at different points during a dizzying couple of hours on Wednesday night, England were pencilled in to face all of them - but in the end, it was Germany.

Gareth Southgate's side will line up against Joachim Low's men in the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Tuesday in front of around 40,000 spectators at Wembley, in a fixture with as much drama as it has history over the years.

"Now we travel to England," said Low after his side squeaked through with a 2-2 draw against Hungary. "It's great news to play in London at Wembley against England."

Despite Germany's lukewarm start to the tournament, Low's upbeat demeanour is understandable - it generally has not gone well for England in previous meetings.

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World Cup 2010: Three Lions haunted by 'ghost goal'

England's World Cup ended in a mixture of humiliation and controversy as they were thrashed by Germany in Bloemfontein in 2010.

Germany's deserved win and convincing victory margin was overshadowed by a moment England believe robbed them of the hope of reaching the last eight of the tournament in South Africa.

Matthew Upson had thrown England a lifeline just before half-time after a vastly superior Germany had taken a stranglehold on the game with goals from Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.

And moments after Upson's header, Frank Lampard's superb lofted finish landed feet over the line behind German keeper Manuel Neuer, a fact obvious to almost everyone inside the Free State Stadium.

But the goal was not given and Thomas Muller added two more goals as Germany ran out convincing winners.

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Euro 2000: England win, just.....

It has not always been one-way traffic when England and Germany have faced one another at a tournament.

The Three Lions finally overcame their footballing nemesis in a nail-biting Euro 2000 clash.

Skipper Alan Shearer scored the goal that gave the English a first competitive win over their arch-rivals since the 1966 World Cup final.

However, it was still not enough for England to progress from the group stage.

They lost their next game to Romania and made an early exit.

Euro 1996: Southgate misses from the spot

On 26 June 1996, England and Germany met at Wembley with the prize being a place in the Euro 96 final.

Shearer gave England a dream start with a goal after three minutes before Stefan Kuntz equalised after 16 minutes.

A tense semi-final went to extra time but the two teams could still not be separated so it came down to penalties.

England scored their first five before current England manager Southgate missed his attempt.

And when Andreas Moller tucked his attempt away, it sparked wild German celebrations to leave England fans heartbroken.

Will England overcome Germany this time?

This is Joachim Low's last tournament in charge of Germany. Low has already announced he will step down from his role after the Euros.

Will next Tuesday's match with England be his last?

The three-time European champions and four-time world champions were dumped out of the 2018 World Cup at the group stage.

Despite three years of experimenting since then, Low has yet to find a settled side or system and for long spells on Wednesday results as they stood would have left them bottom of Group F and eliminated.

One thing is for sure, England is likely to come to a standstill next Tuesday as Southgate's side look to win their first major tournament since they beat West Germany in the World Cup final in 1966.

If they get past Germany, England will meet the winners of Sweden against Ukraine in the quarter-finals in Rome on 3 July.

Another penalty shootout?

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy says England have nothing to fear against Germany.

Speaking on BBC One, Murphy said: "We have players that could cause them and Portugal problems if we get them at a later stage.

"If you're sat in that England squad, [you] shouldn't have any fear."

Former Germany head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he was relishing the match.

"Both Germany and England are in a similar situation, position by position," he added. "I think it will be a very even battle and it will be about the form on the day.

"We saw a different Germany face against Portugal and we saw a different face tonight, and England were the same against Scotland and Croatia.

"We will see a fascinating game in England v Germany because we do not know what to expect.

"If you go player by player and team by team in Germany and England, this is a 50/50 situation that could end up again in a penalty shootout."

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World Cup 2010: Frank Lampard's ghost goal and the thrashing by Germany

By kyle picknell | nov 18, 2022.

Frank Lampard's goal that never was against Germany

Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2010. England are playing Germany for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. Ugh. The dissonant, atonal droning of vuvuzelas fills your ears. Ugh. Fabio Capello. Ugh. Fabio Capello is sitting on the bench with a face like a melted waxwork AND he's playing Steven Gerrard on the left wing. Double ugh. Germany's Mesut Ozil is in on goal within four minutes. UGH.

Somehow, impossibly, it gets even worse from there.

It's not unusual for England fans to feel a genuine sense of injustice at major tournaments. Both David Beckham and Wayne Rooney received red cards that were just as much a result of overzealous dramatisation from the opposing team as they were from the initial moment of idiocy themselves. Or at least that's how we like to frame it.

Furthermore, losing on penalties can rarely if ever be interpreted as an injustice, as the force of the footballing gods conspiring against you, but somehow we managed to brand them like that too, such is our ungodly habit of crashing out of World Cups and European championships via spot kicks on a regular basis.

In terms of emotional baggage, we already have all that to moan about. Rightly or wrongly (definitely wrongly). But then there's Frank Lampard's goal against Germany, which was, let's be honest, a total and utter travesty. A crime against football. A debacle. A scandal. A nonsense of the highest order.

While we, as a nation, have an inherent tendency to overreact, this was perhaps the one occasion that we were well within our rights to light the torches and grab our pitchforks.

Let's take a look back at it and relive all that pain and trauma, shall we?

Harry Symeou hosts Semra Hunter, Andy Headspeath & Toby Cudworth to look back on South Africa '10 as part of the 'Our World Cups' series. We take a trip down memory lane - join us!

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Germany take the lead in under 20 minutes through a brilliantly executed team move. Honestly, the quality of football is staggering. Manuel Neuer hoofs a long ball aimlessly up the pitch, John Terry and Matthew Upson forget where they are, who they are and what sport they are playing, and Miroslav Klose wriggles in to slide tackle past David James. Phenomenal stuff. Really, really good. Sometimes you just have to sit back and applaud the sheer artistry on show. Hats off, Germany. Truly. I'm not bitter at all.

Ugh. The vuvuzelas.

12 minutes later and England's problems double. Thomas Muller gets in behind an England defence with all the structural integrity of a sandcastle and squares for Lukas Podolski. Podolski, however, takes a poor first touch and finds himself both too far wide and at too narrow an angle to shoot. He shoots, David James does a big star jump over the ball - because of course he does - and Germany are suddenly two to the good. Ugh.

If you had any hope England would get back into this game at this point, credit to you. I yearn for your unfailing sense of optimism. I'm over here too busy ugh-ing.

Lampard has a chance but doesn't connect properly with a stunning (I repeat, stunning ) James Milner delivery from the right and Neuer saves from point-blank range. Miraculously, a goal comes. England work a short corner back to Steven Gerrard who whips in a teasing cross. Upson rises. My god he gets up, son. Neuer starfishes. 2-1. Game on? Is it game on? IS IT NOW THAT THE GAME IS IN FACT ON?

Less than a minute later we had our answer. It was game on. Or at least it should have been. England had pulled it back to 2-2 in a blink of an eye and had all the momentum.

Jermain Defoe is trying to spin away towards the German goal but gets dispossessed by a lunging challenge from Arne Friedrich. The loose ball bounces up, and hits an onrushing Lampard who, in turn, lashes it over Neuer from the edge of the box. It crashes against the bar and down, backwards, beyond the line, before it springs back up and reverses its path safely into Neuer's hands.

It's over the line. It's way over the line. It's so far beyond the line it might as well be in Lesotho looking back at the line and thinking "How the hell did I get all the way over here, in Lesotho, the country landlocked entirely as an enclave within the borders of South Africa?".

It's not given. The goal is not given. The thing that should be deemed a goal is actually deemed the opposite; not a goal. The goal that is fundamentally and unequivocally a goal is not given as a goal, and Podolski goes up the other end to fire a 100mph fastball just wide of the post.

Eight years later in Russia we would benefit from Hawk-Eye, goal-line technology and the ever polarising VAR. But at this point, all we could do was grab the pitchforks. And by 'grab the pitchforks' I mean 'boo and swear very loudly at the television', as is the tradition in our culture.

Wayne Rooney remonstrates with assistant referee Mauricio Espinosa

England come out for the second-half with Steven Gerrard still remonstrating with the referee. Probably not even about the goal, but about being asked to play left-wing by a miserable Italian man. On commentary, Mark Lawrenson urges the team not to bring anger back out onto the pitch, as it will lead to 'poor decisions'.

This is perhaps the first and only time Mark Lawrenson has ever been right about anything.

Lampard hits a knuckle ball free-kick off the bar from a ludicrous distance. England are on top, but both teams struggle to create chances that aren't hopeful efforts from range. And then... UGH.

He then hits another ambitious free-kick, this time straight into the wall and Gareth Barry loses the rebound on the edge of the German penalty area. Germany break. England have only Ashley Cole back, but Lampard and one Glen Johnson make up ground. Germany work it one way and then back the other to free Muller in the box, but again wide and with a poor shooting angle. He shoots regardless.

James' positioning is great and with Lampard closing down, Muller has no way of scoring. Muller scores, which may or may not have something to do with James, a professional goalkeeper, closing his eyes and flapping his hands at the shot - hit directly at him - as though he is attempting to deflect a water balloon away from his face but is terrified of getting the consequent splash in his eyes.

They think it's all over. It is. It definitely is. But it especially is now. Three minutes later Ozil chases a clearance down the left with no England players back other than Cole and Barry, quickly closing in. Except Barry isn't quickly closing in at all and is instead moving so slowly that he may as well be running backwards. With an anchor tied around his waist. On the moon.

Ozil jogs into the box, squares through Cole's legs and Muller is there to fire into the roof of the net. 4-1.

Had Lampard's goal been allowed, though... had it just been rightfully given... had justice been enacted in England's favour just this once, however... and we may well have lasted long enough to go out in a blaze of glory on penalties.

So just bear that in mind please, Germany and everyone else with memories of us being terrible at the 2010 World Cup . We did make it 2-2 at one point, and that we will take.

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12 years ago, Frank Lampard was denied a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2010 match against Germany, as England ultimately lost the match by 4-1.

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English football legend Frank Lampard is widely known as one of the best footballers of his generation, as his long and illustrious career as a player consisted of many iconic moments. Notably, Lampard went on to represent the Three Lions in a total of three FIFA World Cups, the 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions. Interestingly, one of the most remembered moments of Lampard’s international career came during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, when he was denied a goal against Germany.

During the Round of 16 match between Germany and England on June 27, 2010, England found themselves trailing at 2-1 at the 37th minute when Lampard came up with a brilliant strike. Lampard struck the shot hard from the edge of the penalty area, which struck the underside of the bar, as the TV replays showed the ball bouncing a yard behind Germany’s goal line.

To the much surprise of England and Lampard, the referee waved play on and had to bear the damage, before ending up on the losing side with a 4-1 margin. However, Lampard’s ‘ghost goal’ created a massive stir in international football, as FIFA and its referees were criticized for the standards. This followed the introduction of the goal-time technology during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Having made his debut for England in October 1999 at the age of 21-year-old, Lampard played a total of 106 games for the national team and returned with 29 goals. He played his last international game during the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil and ended his career as a player a few years later. He currently serves as the manager of Premier League team Everton and has also managed clubs like Derby and Chelsea after his retirement in 2017.

Semi-automated VAR offside technology to be used in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 scheduled to begin from November, the International Football Association Board (The IFAB), two weeks ago, announced that Artificial Intelligence-driven semi-automated VAR offside technology will be used in the forthcoming edition. Under the new technology developed by FIFA, the time taken to make an offside decision will be reduced to 3-4 seconds, while it took almost four minutes to arrive at a conclusion earlier.

Shedding his thoughts about the semi-automated VAR offside technology FIFA’s head of refereeing Pierluigi explained about the process. "It uses the same process as goal-line technology, and we have seen that is very well accepted by the football community, nobody comments on this. We are confident that the same reaction, in terms of acceptance, can be given to the semi-automated offside,” he said.

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FRANK LAMPARD'S disallowed goal against Germany in South Africa has been ranked England's second most unfair moment of all time.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Lampard thought he'd scored in the 2010 World Cup game when the ball clearly crossed the line.

Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' against Germany at the 2010 World Cup was ranked England's second most unfair moment ever

But, much to England's outrage, the goal wasn't given and Germany romped to a 4-1 victory.

A YouGov and Betfair survey of over 2,000 football fans ranked the Bloemfontein moment as the second most unfair ever.

And it's a memory that has stuck in England fans' minds ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2020 showdown with their rivals.

The only one deemed more unfair in fans' eyes was the Hand of God back in 1986.

Diego Maradona's controversial goal for Argentina sank England's World Cup hopes in Mexico in a massive injustice.

Also on the list was David Beckham's sending off against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.

Becks saw red for kicking out at Diego Simeone and Argentina went on to beat Hoddle's Three Lions.

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Sol Campbell's disallowed goal against Portugal at Euro 2004 was fourth on the list.

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Former England boss Glenn Hoddle told Betfair: "“When it comes to England’s most unfair moments, there are too many, the list is as long as my arm.

"The Hand of God was the most horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach, because I actually saw it. Some players didn’t see it.

"Terry Fenwick, myself and obviously Peter Shilton started to chase the referee. We were saying ‘handball, handball’, and I was holding my hand.

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FRANK LAMPARD'S disallowed goal against Germany in South Africa has been ranked England's second most unfair moment of all time.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Lampard thought he'd scored in the 2010 World Cup game when the ball clearly crossed the line.

Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' against Germany at the 2010 World Cup was ranked England's second most unfair moment ever

But, much to England's outrage, the goal wasn't given and Germany romped to a 4-1 victory.

A YouGov and Betfair survey of over 2,000 football fans ranked the Bloemfontein moment as the second most unfair ever.

And it's a memory that has stuck in England fans' minds ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2020 showdown with their rivals.

The only one deemed more unfair in fans' eyes was the Hand of God back in 1986.

Diego Maradona's controversial goal for Argentina sank England's World Cup hopes in Mexico in a massive injustice.

Also on the list was David Beckham's sending off against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.

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Sol Campbell's disallowed goal against Portugal at Euro 2004 was fourth on the list.

And another Portugal incident - Wayne Rooney's sending off at the 2006 World Cup - came in fifth.

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle told Betfair: "“When it comes to England’s most unfair moments, there are too many, the list is as long as my arm.

"The Hand of God was the most horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach, because I actually saw it. Some players didn’t see it.

"Terry Fenwick, myself and obviously Peter Shilton started to chase the referee. We were saying ‘handball, handball’, and I was holding my hand.

"The referee turned away and I saw the linesman run to the halfway line. In the pit of my stomach I knew he wasn’t going to change.

"It was a horrendous feeling, the feeling in a split second of injustice.”

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Hoddle added: "Lampard’s ‘Ghost Goal’ had a massive impact on the game and if it had been awarded we would have gone down the tunnel a different team.

"Germany were outplaying us and they were better than us, but goals change the mentality of a team. Frank’s was way over the line, you could see it, and it would have changed the emphasis of the game without a shadow of a doubt.

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  • Spain's shock 2-1 defeat to Japan meant Germany finished third in the group
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England fans have revelled in Germany's shock World Cup exit after they were knocked out on goal difference.

Germany claimed a 4-2 win over Costa Rica despite some tense moments during the match, as Japan's stunning 2-1 win over Spain meant Hansi Flick's side were sent packing from Qatar.

There was some controversy in Japan's match with Spain, after complaints that the ball had gone out of play before the cross was played in for Ao Tanaka to score the winner.

Germany have been eliminated at the group stage for the second World Cup in succession

Germany have been eliminated at the group stage for the second World Cup in succession 

Japan scored a controversial winner against Spain after the Luis Enrique's side felt the ball had gone out of play before the ball was crossed in for Ao Tanaka to find the back of the net

Japan scored a controversial winner against Spain after the Luis Enrique's side felt the ball had gone out of play before the ball was crossed in for Ao Tanaka to find the back of the net

England fans have compared it to the 2010 World Cup when Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but was not given which would have been an equalising goal

England fans have compared it to the 2010 World Cup when Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but was not given which would have been an equalising goal

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After the final whistle, England fans compared the moment to Frank Lampard's ghost goal in 2010 which had crossed the line against Germany, but was not given, leading to the Three Lions' last-16 exit in a 4-1 thumping.

One Twitter user commented: 'I couldn't care less if it's controversial. Now you know how it feels Germany! Well done Japan they deserved that.'  

Another person tweeted: 'That one is for the Lampard ghost goal in 2010. It might have taken 12 years for karma, but seeing Germany go out in this fashion tastes so good.' 

Germany's opening defeat to Japan ultimately proved crucial as the latter topped the group

Germany's opening defeat to Japan ultimately proved crucial as the latter topped the group

It was judged after a VAR review that Kaoru Mitoma of Japan kept the ball in before the goal

It was judged after a VAR review that Kaoru Mitoma of Japan kept the ball in before the goal

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Alex Curran added: 'Germany now finding out what England and Frank Lampard found out back in 2010. A 'controversial' goal involving a ball crossing the line, or not crossing the line, can be the difference between going through and going home.' 

Gary Lineker, who was part of the 1990 side that lost to West Germany in the final, took much amusement from Hansi Flick's side exiting the competition.

Along with a clip of him, Micah Richards and Alan Shearer laughing, he wrote: 'Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” If they get through the group stage.'

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” If they get through the group stage. pic.twitter.com/Svhay80Kw2 — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 1, 2022

Twitter user Harsh V Singh commented: 'Remember when Germany was pretty much a lock to make the quarter final in every World Cup? Some schadenfreude indeed.' 

Another user wrote: '2nd World Cup they're out at the group stage. I LOVE THIS GAME.'

One user said Germany deserved to go out as they said: 'Took Japan for granted, gave up the ghost against Spain, and squandered so many opportunities to rack up the goals in the first half when Costa Rica were witless.' 

Spain protested Japan's winning goal but after a VAR review the controversial finish stood

Spain protested Japan's winning goal but after a VAR review the controversial finish stood

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It wasn't just English fans who took amusement as one person commented: 'Germany winning 4-2 and going out is very funny indeed,' while Jose Roberto added 'so sad' with laughing emojis.

Germany's defeat to Japan ultimately proved crucial as Japan topped the group with their victory, which will see them play Croatia in the next round.

Spain finished second on the group, with their 7-0 win over Costa Rica on the opening matchday proving crucial in them finishing ahead of Germany.

At one point it looked like Spain and Germany were heading out after Costa Rica took a 2-1 lead against Germany.

Germany though fired back with three goals of their own to win the match on the night. 

@CFCDUBois wrote: 'Streets will never forget the 30 seconds where Costa Rica and Japan were knocking both Spain and Germany out.'

Another person tweeted that Germany should score three own goals to get revenge on Spain, as that would have sent Costa Rica into the last-16. 

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  14. World Cup 2010: Frank Lampard's ghost goal and the thrashing by Germany

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  16. Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' against Germany ranked as England's second

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  18. Frank Lampard disallowed goal vs Germany

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  20. Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' against Germany ranked as England's second

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  22. England 4 Germany 2 Ghost goal 1966 (HD)

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  23. 1966 FIFA World Cup final

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