Disputed plays at 2010 World Cup

Johannesburg: Disputed plays always have played a big role at the World Cup. Frank Lampard`s no-goal Sunday in England`s 4-1 loss to Germany is the latest, and will spark calls for FIFA to institute instant replay to help determine goals.

A look at that play and some of the others that have sparked controversy in South Africa.

Germany 4, England 1 — In the 38th minute of the second-round game, with England behind 2-1, Lampard sent a shot off the crossbar. The ball came straight down at least a foot inside the goal line, but referee Jorge Larrionda waved play to continue. Television replays confirmed the ball was in the net.

United States 2, Slovenia 2 — Moments after the Americans tied the score in the first round, Landon Donovan took a free kick from the side of the penalty area in the 85th minute as players jostled in front. Maurice Edu spun away from Bojan Jokic and, one step into the 6-yard box, stuck out his left foot and put the ball in. But referee Koman Coulibaly had whistled play dead for a foul. He never explained who on the U.S. team did what.

United States 1, Algeria 0 — In the final group game, Clint Dempsey scored in the 21st minute off the rebound of Herculez Gomez`s shot. But the goal was called offside. Again, replays indicated Dempsey was in a fair position.

Mexico 2, France 0 — In a first-round Group A match, Javier Hernandez appeared to be in an offside position when he ran onto Rafael Marquez`s pass and went around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to give Mexico a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute.

Brazil 3, Ivory Coast 1 — Brazil striker Luis Fabiano handled the ball twice as he juggled it past two Ivory Coast defenders before scoring for a 2-0 lead in a 3-1 group win that secured advancement for the Brazilians. The referee later came over and patted his own upper right arm.

Slovakia 3, Italy 2 — Fabio Quagliarella thought he scored a late equalizer for Italy — the loss eliminated the defending champions in the group stage — but he was ruled offside by the smallest of margins, a ruling that was disputed by the Italians and appeared to be an error on replays.

Ghana 1, Australia 1 — Aussie forward Harry Kewell was sent off in the 24th minute after blocking a goal-bound shot with his upper arm. The arm was pinned against his body, but Swiss referee Roberto Rosetti showed Kewell the red card in the first-round match.

Bureau Report

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