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Did the ball cross the line?
It’s an age-old World Cup problem for Germany, which crashed when Japan beat Spain thanks to a split winner, leaving many scratching their heads.
Kaoru Mitoma’s cutback to Aoi Tanaka’s tap-in occurred shortly after the ball appeared to cross the byline.
Even after cropping and zooming it looked incredibly close. Ultimately it was decided that the ball had not completely crossed the line.
In other words, if you draw an imaginary line 90 degrees upwards from the far edge of the plaster, it will pass through the curve of the ball, even if there was a part of the ball that touched the ground. completely crossed the line.
Given the first goal and VAR stepped in, in the end Japan kept their lead and went on to win.
“I’ve seen pictures that must have been tampered with. There’s no way this picture is real. It has to be manipulated,” said Spain coach Luis Enrique.
“When VAR took as long to decide, I had a feeling something fishy was going on. I have nothing to say.
“Fortunately, teams go into collapse mode only once every four years, otherwise I can’t handle it.”
The controversy evoked memories of Frank Lampard’s ‘ghost goal’ against Germany in 2010, when England were eliminated in the last 16. For German fans of a particular vintage, it undoubtedly evoked memories of 1966 and Jeff Hurst’s extra-time effort when England won. World Cup.
In Qatar, Germany were eliminated with three points for Japan, the four-time champions losing the group stage for the second time in a row.
It was a moment full of heart-pounding drama on World Cup night.
Group E roller coaster night
Thursday night was a frenetic and thrilling Thursday night, starting with world No. 2 Belgium, who were eliminated in a goalless draw against Croatia in Group F.
And midway through the second half of the game, both Germany and 2010 winners Spain geared up for early exits.
At halftime, Germany led Costa Rica 1-0, while Spain also won 1-0.
Then the drama unfolded. Japan equalized with Spain 4 minutes into the second period.
And incredible, after 142 seconds they were in the lead. Japan and Spain were trailing, but moving forward. With less than 40 minutes remaining, Germany and Costa Rica were eliminated.
Chris Bevan of BBC Sport said, “The Japanese fans around me can hardly believe their eyes.” I did.”
“Japan is a completely different animal,” added former England defender Matthew Upson.
Spain’s defeat wasn’t a disaster, except when Costa Rica lost 1-0 to Germany.
However, Costa Rica equalized in the 58th minute and opened the scoring in the 70th minute. At 2–1, Costa Rica was suddenly set to advance alongside Japan at the expense of Spain.
But that lead lasted just three minutes before Kai Havertz equalized for Germany.
Conor McNamara of BBC Radio 5 Live said: “Germany desperately needed it. It may not be enough for them, but it could save Spain.”
“It’s hard to keep up with what’s going on,” added Bevan. “Here came a big cheer from the Japanese fans when the big screen flashed what the group would look like in Costa Rica’s victory…but seconds later we heard that Germany had equalized. Afterwards, the Spanish fans to my right celebrated loudly.”
“I can’t stand the tension”
Germany scored two more goals to win 4-2. But as long as Japan holds all three points against Spain, the 2014 champions are gone.
“I’m nervous,” laughed Upson.
Spain continued to attack, but Japan survived to full time and won 2-1, whether it was a dangerous goal or not. They and Spain reached the last 16 despite their defeat. Germany and Costa Rica were eliminated.
Spain coach Enrique said he didn’t know his side was headed out of the competition when Costa Rica took the lead over Germany.
“If I had known, I would have had a heart attack,” he confessed.
For German forward Thomas Müller, the night turned into an “absolute catastrophe.”
“It’s incredibly bitter because our results were good enough,” he added. “It’s a feeling of helplessness.”
“It was like watching a horror movie,” said teammate Havertz.
“For the second time in a row, Germany will advance to the group stage,” added McNamara. “One of the really big guns, four-time World Cup winners, they’re out of Qatar 2022. It’s one of those nights that just wasn’t enough.”
5 Live’s chief football reporter, Ian Dennis, said, “It’s not incredible.” “The drama fluctuated throughout the second half.
“There was a soccer match that was the equivalent of snakes and ladders.”
But former England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley best summed it up by simply saying it was “chaotic”.
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