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In Pictures: Frank Lampard’s Disallowed Goal v Germany


In one of the most incredible moments in World Cup history, England were robbed a legitimate goal that would have leveled the score v Germany and created an entirely different second half for the surging English.

After going down by 2 well scored goals by Germany, England were able to get themselves back into the game through a Matthew Upson header. The momentum was definitely shifting in favor of England and Frank Lampard was then able to chip the German keeper Manuel Neuer with a stunning shot that hit the cross bar and went in.

Sure to be one of the goals of the tournament, Lampard’s clear goal was not given by the ref or the linesman who seemed to be in a good position to award the goal. A well organized Germany went on to thrash England 4-1 with a few well executed counter attacks while England continued to commit players forward.

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  1. Calvin

    November 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Everybody got smashed by Germany. It was England’s best game in the tournament. And it would’ve been a different game if Lampard goal was counted. It would be a whole different game which England would not had to go all out attack with a lot of space at the back and a weakened defence.

    Other than Spain and Netherlands, England played well against Germany.

  2. bobbie

    July 13, 2010 at 4:55 am

    if we got the goal it wood of been i diffrent game

  3. rob

    July 7, 2010 at 2:57 am

    you say that the referee couldnt see it ,ok yeah maybe

    but surely the linesman could of seen it croos the line

    england yet again cheated out of the world cup by officials

    england 2 germany 4

  4. Yerima

    July 4, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Why England always suffers referee’s decision in world cup, this starts from Maradona’s hands of god to recent god referee himself. Do not align evil and cheat to almighty God.

  5. olly

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I blame Ukrainians

  6. olly

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Germany 4 england 2

  7. Sven

    June 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I think the problem is, that the refree was in one line with the german goalman and the ball. So he may could not see, if it realy was a goal or not. So what should the ref do? Should he give a goal, though he dosen’t know what exactly happend, or should he not give what he don’t see?
    It is bad for England, but that is the system wich fifa favourises. Look at Wmebley ’66, the problem is known for 45 years know and nothing is changed.
    I think it is wrong to charge the refree, the fifa should be charged for this.

  8. krotny12

    June 29, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Germany England 4 : 1 Lampard goal ?

  9. Cass

    June 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I think there is a simple solution to the problem of the ball crossing the line and then coming back into play after striking the bar. Spin is placed on the ball and this could be offset by placing a line the ball width inside the goal area and then sloping the ground down towards the back of the goal thereby counteracting the spin on the ball. This does not require any undue expense and could be introduced at all levels of the game. Simple and no cameras or computer chips in the ball necessary.

  10. Pumpi Moore

    June 28, 2010 at 6:31 am

    For God’s sake put these players on PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY then only they would put their sweat on the game. Getting paid £120,000……and this is how they perform (except Gerrad/Lampard/Upson/Defoe/Terry and JAMES)

    Thumps up for Frank Lampard at least he goaled-although it’s a great tragedy that it was not allowed.

    Come on sack Fabio (6 million/year…!) and try to find somebody from this country!

  11. sean

    June 28, 2010 at 4:21 am

    i cant beleive it the stupid linesman can call the tightest off sides but he cant call a ball going 4 yards behind the goal we would of won that match if it counted

  12. Randy Handbag

    June 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Germany was still the better team. Yes they were younger but they played way better anyways.

  13. A. Omar

    June 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    This reff doesn’t to deserve to be a refferee at a world cup if he can’t see a ball that is 5 meters over the line !

  14. the_lone

    June 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Wtf!!! huh… its a great goal by Frank Lampard ..
    i mean its a really goal is the stupid who r in the match r blind ..!!?
    if he allowed the goal .. england will be more stronger than germany ..
    but should we wait 4 years again … i think lampard and gerrard and terry wont play ..

  15. Matt D

    June 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I’m glad ESPN is running the “FIFA is afraid of technology” talking point. Not that it will make a difference but it’s nice to put the fact out there and repeat it in hopes that someone in FIFA might grow a few brain cells.
    I’ve heard the “don’t interrupt the flow of the game” argument many times but in this case and the case with the Argentina offside goal how difficult is it to have someone in a booth above just look quickly at the replay and make a ruling on it. If it’s too close to call in a few seconds then let it stand. The Italian ref in the Mex/Arg game went to the sidelines to discuss the call anyway and was there for quite some time. Why couldn’t someone during that time look at the replay and make the call? Too much pride to overturn a call? I understand not being able to review EVERY call but when a goal is at stake and can have a MASSIVE impact on the rest of the game the technology is already here, c’mon.
    FIFA already censors out replays on the big screens at the stadiums to not incite riots when fans see what really happened. How about fixing the problem instead of covering it up?

    • Devils Advocate

      June 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      100% in agreement with you on this. It is scandelous that a team’s fortunes are, on occasion, “in the lap of the Gods”. This cannot be right. MOre power to ESPN’s debate.

  16. The devil

    June 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    But i do agree that england were caught out on numerous occasions,there defence just didnt come to the game. But, that does not cancel out the fact that these decisions do play a big roll

  17. The devil

    June 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Ofcorse these decisions have an effect on the game.before tevez’s offside goal mexico was on the front get disheartened if these decisions goes against you. It changes the whole complexion of the the england – germany game played an important role undoubtedly

  18. john

    June 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Does it really matter?

    They were badly outplayed and deserved to lose the game.

    I don’t buy the theory that had that goal been allowed the whole game would have changed……Germany was going to win this goal or no goal.

    • Devils Advocate

      June 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      I agree the better team won easily but disagree that it was a given. I believe Capello’s strategy was wrong and the substitutes were ineffective…if you’re interested see above.

      • warren

        July 12, 2010 at 12:37 am

        I agree with John, however, I believe this was a ridiculous call. Its not good for the morale of either team to continue to play under the rule of such questionable judgement. I think technology should be used to save the day. Please see my website to try one possibility.

  19. The devil

    June 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Wtf? There teves just scored a 5 meter offside goal and the officials allowed sep bledter you idiot havent you caused enough harm.hearts of nations can be broken but you refuse to budge. Because human error is ‘part of the game’.why submit yourself to human error when it can easily be avoided.teams have to wait four years for the greatest event ever just to be eliminated in this distgusting manner.

  20. patrick

    June 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I agree with the other Patrick above. Being English myself and screaming in celebration to be confused by the referee’s decision to disallow it. It was clearly offside and with the camera technology why couldn’t they just change it? Yes I know it would be annoying to German fans but quite frankly it would only be fair. Anyway If the score hadn’t so drastically one sided to the Germans I would have said that the Goal was the main cause for England’s defeat, but honestly, The German team were like a machine as in their culture you would expect: Organized, Ordered, Planned and determined. While the English tactics seemed to be shove as many men up there as possible and hope for the best. This is what the English culture is like compared to the German culture and in football, Organisation and team work is the key. The Goal that didn’t happened – referring to Lampard’s disallowed Goal – was an awful mistake and I think that the officials had a grudge against England. Personally I believe he should get the sack or they should sort the rules out that a problem like this doesn’t happened again for example in tennis where the loser of a point can challenge the Umpire’s decision if a ball was out or not.

    Overall I have to say Germany were a better side and deserved to win but maybe English pride of that goal would of lead to many of those other German goals not being conceded.

  21. Patrick

    June 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    It reminded me of a certain goal a while back England and German fans have been discussing for a long time…
    In all honesty, it’s horrible and I feel bad England had the goal taken from them. But, I’m not fully convinced it would of changed the outcome of the match much…

    • Devils Advocate

      June 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      Disagree with you totally on this one. Despite the awful start by England, they were in the ascendency once they brought the score back to 2-1. Had they not been denied a totally legitimate goal, I feel the second half would have seen an increasingly confident England and an unnerved Germany. At that point, it could have gone either way.

      As it turned out, England fell into disarray out of desperation to equalise and the Germans took full advantage of a non-existant defence. They fully deserved their win but it’s been clear from the outset that this England team are the weakest and poorest ever to enter a World Cup.

      It is an absolute disgrace that FIFA condones archaic methods of refereeing and is the height of arrogance for Sepp Blatter to deem goal line technology unnecessary. Such hypocrisy when they promote “fair play” amongst teams. As if that was not enough, Argentina’s first goal against Mexico was clearly offside. In the interests of football and fair play, the various IFA’s ought to apply pressure to FIFA’s governing body to bring this game into the 21st Century

      • Patrick

        June 28, 2010 at 2:25 am

        Where I have no intention kicking England supporters while they’re down because I delt with the same agony a day earlier and know how it feels to be crapped on.
        I agree, the goal could of ignited a spark. But they failed to show they can overcome adversity(the whole tourney). Adversity is something that teams need, it brings them together and makes them stronger when its most important. I understand when you play at such a high level all the little things add up, but a 1 goal differential is something that a team as talented as the England squad should of been able to overcome. All the great teams have had adversity and had to over come it.
        In the grand scheme of things it just felt like they were trying to over force the attack the whole tourney. Than the old Gerrard-Lampard debate started rearing its head. They seemed like they were playing for themselves rather than together as 1 strong cohesive unity with a common goal and thats never going to work.
        Not trying to bash the 3 Lions or come off like a dickhead that is trying to troll for rage comments. I just believe they were missing that “something” that would of helped them adapt and overcome. I believe the person and factor that is all accountable for this is Capello, not the refs, not a goal that was stolen(not to be cliche or stir the pot but look at what the US had to do), not Beckham, not the press, etc. Capello failed to get them to play to their potential, play like a team, or be mentaly and physically prepared. Being a Fulham supporter I hate to say this but, I really think England should take a long hard look at Hodgson. He’s home grown and has a proven track record. He can pull a lot out of players and even make them better. They need a propper manager, not a hired mercenary.
        Instant replay is a tricky subject all together, I just hope they can find a way to solve issues like this that take away from the game without cutting into play. (would hate for this to turn into NFL with constant breaks in play) I think this is less of a testament of the need for replay and moreso one argueing how they need to get these reffs propper training and all on the same level before the biggest event in the world. Before they implement any kind of replay they need to rethink how officials can work these games to make it a better product for everyone. The British ref who’s a police officer and looks like a professional wrestler did a great job with the champs league. They need him in the ref’s room crack’in skulls of these other guys who are performing terrably. haha

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