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Explained I Why Japan's controversial match-wining goal against Spain stood despite VAR in play?

FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan topped group E after empathic matchday 3 win against Spain, that also saw Germany get eliminated from the tournament. But was the match-winning valid and should the goal have stood?

aditya-pimpale Written By: Aditya Pimpale @AdityaPimpale6 [Published on: December 02, 2022 10:59 IST]
  • Explained I Why Japan's controversial match-wining goal against Spain stood despite VAR in play?
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    Explained I Why Japan's controversial match-wining goal against Spain stood despite VAR in play?
  • The ball looked like had crossed the line but the perpendicular angle of the camera showed that there was some percent of the ball that did not cross the line
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    The ball looked like had crossed the line but the perpendicular angle of the camera showed that there was some percent of the ball that did not cross the line
  • So what do the rules state and why should have it stood which justifies the decision of the on-field referee and the VAR?
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    So what do the rules state and why should have it stood which justifies the decision of the on-field referee and the VAR?
  • According to FIFA rules, the entire dimension of the ball in all angles should go over the ball to be called out of play. In Japan's case, there were frame angles that showed that the entire ball had not cross the line and the goal should stand.
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    According to FIFA rules, the entire dimension of the ball in all angles should go over the ball to be called out of play. In Japan's case, there were frame angles that showed that the entire ball had not cross the line and the goal should stand.
  • With few angles favouring Japan, Ao Tanaka's goal was given as the pass delivered had not crossed the line entirely to be called out of play
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    With few angles favouring Japan, Ao Tanaka's goal was given as the pass delivered had not crossed the line entirely to be called out of play
  • The decision was latter confirmed for the fans of Japan, while German fans will feel hard done by as that later prompted Germany to be eliminated
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    The decision was latter confirmed for the fans of Japan, while German fans will feel hard done by as that later prompted Germany to be eliminated