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10 examples why goalline technology is vital

Calls for goalline technology have finally been answered and as of 2013 it will cement its place in Premier League history. It will also be present in the Club World Cup in December, as well as the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The technology has previously been available in other sports including rugby and tennis, but will finally come into football following recent successful testing.

Football fans aren’t strangers to goalline controversy and at some point or another, it has directly affected their supported team.

Total Football looks at the goals that should have been but weren’t given, as well as a few that, somehow, were awarded. Had goalline technology been introduced earlier, the outcome of these few select games could have changed dramatically. The final two in particular, with video, will have you wondering how decisions can be made so dreadfully wrong.

Frank Lampard vs Germany – World Cup Quarter-Final, 2010

Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal in England’s World Cup 2010 quarter-final against Germany is perhaps the most famous recent example of how goalline technology would have changed a game.

Trailing 2-1 and approaching half-time, England were soon in a moment of euphoria after Frank Lampard’s chip from outside of the box clipped the crossbar before bouncing in – and back out – of the goal. Germany’s Manuel Neuer quickly grabbed the ball and kicked it upfield as play continued. England were not rewarded with an equaliser, and Germany went on to win 4-1.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter subsequently insisted it was this goal that enforced the need for the techology in the game.

Andy Carroll vs Chelsea - FA Cup Final, 2012

With eight minutes to play and staring in the face of defeat, Liverpool needed a moment of magic after finding themselves 2-1 down against Chelsea. That moment came, as a Luis Suarez cross found an unmarked Andy Carroll at the far post. The troubled striker struck the ball between goalkeeper Petr Cech and the post, but Cech managed to palm the ball out of the goal and back into play. The goal was not awarded and Chelsea went on to lift the trophy.

Marko Devic vs England – Euro 2012 group stages, 2012

A sigh of relief for England fans, as Marko Devic’s shot was acrobatically cleared off the line by John Terry in a group game. Officials failed to notice the ball cross the line before the clearance, and England’s eventual 1-0 win contributed to their group-topping performance. After the match, Sepp Blatter declared that goal-line technology was “no longer an alternative but a necessity”. It should be noted, however, that the incident only arose after officials failed to spot an earlier offside decision. 

Geoff Hurst vs West Germany – World Cup Final, 1966

Perhaps the most infamous incident in goalline history, Hurst’s shot raised questions if it crossed the line or not. The goal was given after consultation with the fourth official, giving England a 3-2 lead and helping to change the outcome of the game as England went on to lift the World Cup in 1966.

Clint Hill vs Bolton – Premier League, 2012

QPR eventually survived the Premier League drop, but were made to sweat. Their final day defeat to Manchester City meant they finished just above the drop-zone, with Bolton condemned to Championship football next season. Had the outcome of this earlier strike been different, however, it could have been the turning point. Clint Hill met a Joey Barton corner and headed the ball well into the Bolton goal before goalkeeper Adam Bogdan managed to parry it out and away. The goal was never given, and Bolton recovered to win the match 2-1.

Freddie Sears vs Bristol City – Championship, 2009

On loan from West Ham United, Freddie Sears made a dream start after moving to Crystal Palace, scoring the opening goal against Bristol City. However, the ball ricocheted off a stanchion behind the goal and play resumed as normal. To make matters worse, Bristol City then scored a last-minute winner and grabbed all three points. After the game, a furious Neil Warnock vented his anger, saying he “doesn’t know how [referees] keep their jobs”.

Sulley Muntari vs Juventus - Serie A, 2012

Drawing 1-1 in a match that could ultimately prove vital in the title race, Muntari’s headed effort to give AC Milan a 2-1 lead wasn’t given, despite being saved a foot inside the goal. The match finished a draw and Juventus went on to win the title a few months later. Had Milan won, they would have still finished second to Juventus in the league, but instead of being four points adrift they would have lost the title equal on points and just five goals behind champions Juve.

Pedro Mendes vs Manchester United – Premier League, 2005

With only minutes on the clock, Manchester United were pushing for a winner against a resilient Tottenham Hotspur. Goalkeeper Roy Carroll had even ventured into the Tottenham half to help pile on the pressure. Scrambling back to his goal after an attack broke down, Carroll was caught out by a looping shot by Pedro Mendes from the halfway line, and spilled the ball well into his goal after being left flat-footed by the effort. He clawed the ball out before play continued, and the match finished a draw.

Emerson vs Marilla – Brazil, 2011

It’s not often that a penalty rifles the net so hard it breaks it. Gremio’s Emerson does this, with an expertly-taken penalty smashed into the roof of the net. Emerson and his team-mates proceed to celebrate before officials disallow the goal, believing the ball to miss the target completely. Skip the video below to 2:05, and see for yourself the incredible goal that wasn’t.

Duisburg vs FSV Frankfurt – Bundesliga, 2010

Just as incredible is this Duisburg effort, as it crashes against the crossbar and bounces straight off the woodwork and away. Thankfully not a turning point in the match, as Duisburg find themselves 4-0 up prior to the incident, the fourth official is quick to award the goal much to the confusion of the crowd. Replays show the ball bounced off the post and landed a metre away from the goal.

By James Hartnett – Follow me on Twitter @JamesHartnett_

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