Monday 20 November 2017

England's goal-line controversies

John Terry clears the ball off the line as no goal is awarded. Photo: Reuters
John Terry clears the ball off the line as no goal is awarded. Photo: Reuters

England were embroiled in controversy in Euro 2012 tonight when a Ukraine shot appeared to cross the line - but no goal was given.

Here we look at three occasions where goal-line technology might have come in useful at a major tournament.

Geoff Hurst, England v West Germany, 1966

The most famous goal-line controversy of them all. It was extra-time in the World Cup final at Wembley with the scores level at 2-2 when Hurst turned and fired in a shot, which hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced down toward the line. With referee Gottfried Dienst uncertain, linesman Tofik Bahramov from Azerbaijan signalled a goal. Hurst went on to complete his hat-trick, England won the World Cup and the debate over the decision has never stopped.

Frank Lampard, England v Germany, 2010

England trailed 2-1 in their World Cup second-round match when Lampard's 20-yard shot beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, hit the underside of the bar and bounced clearly over the line. The goal was not given, though, and Germany went on to claim a comprehensive 4-1 victory to knock England out of the tournament.

Marko Devic, England v Ukraine, 2012

Devic's shot appeared to have crossed the line before John Terry cleared the ball, prompting furious protests from the Ukraine bench. Roy Hodgson's side were 1-0 up at the time and held on to the scoreline to win their group.

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