Germany’s revenge for 1966. Trailing 2-1 approaching halftime in Bloemfontein, South Africa, England thought they had leveled when midfielder Frank Lampard shot from distance and the ball bounced down clearly behind goalkeeper’s Manuel Neuer line before spinning back out. Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda looked across at his linesman and allowed play to continue. England lost 4-1.
2012 _ Chelsea vs. Tottenham, FA Cup semifinal.
Wembley again. Chelsea again. And this time Lampard had a close-up view as Chelsea led 1-0 early in the second half against Tottenham. In a goalmouth scramble, Juan Mata prodded a shot toward a heap of bodies guarding on the Tottenham goal line. From his position seated partially behind the line, defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto and teammate Ledley King appeared to block the ball and force it to safety. Referee Martin Atkinson awarded a goal that infuriated the Tottenham players. Chelsea won 5-1 and went on to win the cup. Atkinson is at Euro 2012 working as a goal-line assistant to World Cup final referee Howard Webb.
2012 _ Ukraine vs. England, European Championship group stage.
This time the host nation at a major tournament, Ukraine, is denied a goal it needed in a game it had to win. Trailing England 1-0 in the 62nd minute in Donetsk, Marko Devic’s shot brushed past goalkeeper Joe Hart, and looped toward goal and appeared to cross the line before it was hooked clear by John Terry _ who was on the pitch for England in Bloemfontein and Chelsea at Wembley. Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai _ one of the world’s top-rated officials _ turned to his assistant monitoring the goal line and allowed play to continue. A half-hour later, Ukraine was out of Euro 2012.