It could have been 4-2 or it could have been better. The Germany vs England match was tainted with an incident of a German goalkeeper deliberately fooling the referee into thinking that it was a no goal.
“I did fooled the referee,” Says Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as he admitted he “fooled” referee Jorge Larrionda into making the most controversial decision of the World Cup.
The call could have been devastating for England and disheartening to the players. The match proceed and England made another goal courtesy of Matthew Upson on the 36th minute.
In the end England was defeated 4-1 by a barrage of goals from Germany. Germany’s four goals came from Miroslav Klose (19′), Lukas Podolski (31′), and Thomas Müller (66′, 69′).
With the incident however fans of England cannot help but think what would have been if that goal was awarded as it should have been. I do not think that Neuer should just walk out free and casually like that after admitting to his mistake.
FIFA should study it and issue some sanctions to avoid setting a dangerous precedent. If this goes unchecked then players might deliberately fool the referee and think that it was okey.
“It was one incident and yes, it was important,” Neuer said. “But I believe we were the stronger team and deserved to win the game even without this.
If they were indeed strong as he say Germany was then why cheat on the goal? Neuer could just have called the attention of the referee, left the ball and be honest about it. Instead, he choose to fool the referee.
“There is so much at stake in these big games and this was a million-dollar call,” Lampard said. “I am gutted because it was clearly a yard or so over and it would have changed the game.”
We cannot blame the players however despite the endless ranting I post here, after all football games are a battlefield. The main instruction for all football players in the field is to win at all cost, make as many goals as possible and avoid as many goals from the opposing team as possible.
Let us be honest as well that England did not play as expected. Their luster seems to have faded in this World Cup and a lot of thinking needs to be done.
For Germany too this could have been their karma. Way back in the 1966 World Cup finals England’s Geoff Hurst was allowed a goal that bounced off the crossbar and did not fully cross the line.
It might have been England’s bad karma and Germany’s sweet revenge.To receive updates from WWNN.co.uk directly to your e-mail, you can subscribe to us for free by entering your e-mail address here and confirming your subscription by clicking the link that will be sent to your e-mail address.