5 Famous Soccer Goal-Line Controversies

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WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Soccer’s seemingly endless argument about how to judge goal line decisions ignited again Tuesday, as Ukraine went out of the Euro 2012 tournament it is co-hosting.

Ukraine needed to beat England to advance to the quarterfinals, but was denied a goal in the 62nd minute when trailing 1-0.

Television replays appeared to show that the ball clearly crossed the line from Marko Devic’s shot before defender John Terry hooked it clear.

UEFA President Michel Platini has promoted a five-officials system of refereeing as a human alternative to goal-line technology, and video replay which he fears would be the inevitable next step.

After Tuesday’s controversy in Donetsk, there seems to be unstoppable momentum behind giving referees high-tech aids to make accurate decisions.

Still, fans never tire of talking and debating famous goal-line controversies:

1966 _ England vs. Germany, World Cup final.

The biggest match in world soccer produced one of the most controversial incidents in the 140-year history of the international game.

At Wembley Stadium, the World Cup host nation and West Germany were locked at 2-2 in the first period of extra time. England forward Geoff Hurst spun in the penalty area and fired a rising right-foot shot that hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced down on _ or was it over? _ the goal line and out. England players stopped to celebrate, German players protested. Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst consulted his Azerbaijani linesman, Tofik Bakhramov, and a goal was given. Hurst later completed his hat trick and England won 4-2.

In Germany, goals similar to Hurst’s are still known as a “Wembley-Tor” (Wembley Goal).

2005 _ Liverpool vs. Chelsea, Champions League semifinal, second leg.

Liverpool reached the final of the world’s most prestigious club competition with a single goal over two, tightly fought matches against Chelsea.

In the 4th minute at Anfield, Luis Garcia clipped the ball over goalkeeper Petr Cech and as it bounced toward the net, defender William Gallas hooked the ball clear. Slovakian referee Lubos Michel awarded a goal that added the phrase “ghost goal” to the lexicon. Michel later said he would otherwise have sent off Cech for bringing down Garcia in the act of shooting.

Liverpool then won a memorable final, fighting back from three goals down at halftime against AC Milan to level at 3-3 in the second half in Istanbul. Liverpool won the penalty shootout.

2010 _ England vs. Germany, World Cup second round.

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