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Geoff Hurst's effort hit the bar, but did the ball really cross the line?
You be the judge.
1966 - "Was it over the line?"
Few if any
goal has been discussed more often. At 2-2 in extra time in the 1966 final
against West Germany, Hurst receives the ball in the penalty area, turns,
and shoots, the ball hits the bar, bounces down on/over the line. The referree
awarded a goal after speaking to the linesman.
1986 - "Hand of God"
past 3-4 English players, plays a one-two, gets it back and rises above
Peter Shilton to head(!) the ball past him. Of course it wasn't a header,
but a fist knocking the ball over the keeper. At first sight it looked
like a good goal, but the replay showed it wasn't.
1986 - "Goal of the millennium"
after the "Hand of God", Maradona beat every player that stood in his way
to score an historic goal. Pure magic.
Schumacher 1982 - "Assault on Battiston"
described as the worst and most brutal tackle on a soccer field. Schumacher
assaulted French substitute Battiston in the 1982 semifinal. He lost 3
teeth and his life was in danger at one stage. Schumacher escaped without
even a caution. The referee awarded a goal kick!
Stadium 1950 - "200.000 spectators"
A world record
of nearly 200.000 spectators turned out to watch the World Cup final of
1950 between the hosts Brazil and Uruguay. Brazil had danced through their
games so far and the home crowd didn't expect Uruguay to have a chance.
But the visitors spoiled the party by winning 2-1 and the bottles of champagne
of Kuwait 1982 - "Disallowing a goal"
leading 3-1 against Kuwait when Alain Giresse blasted home number four
from close range with the Kuwaiti defenders rooted to the spot. They maintained
they had stopped upon hearing a whistle. the Kuwaiti FA president, Prince
Fahid, came on to the field from his seat in the stands and protested long
and hard. He threatened to take the team off the field if the referee didn't
disallow the goal. Referee Stupar from Russia changed his mind and did
what the Prince told him to do. The Prince was later fined £8.000
by FIFA, but being one of the richest men in the world, it wasn't a fee
to be bothered about.
1994 - "5 goals in one game"
Not many had
fancied Oleg Salenko to win the Golden Boot of the World Cup in 1994. He
eventually shared it with Stoitchkov on six goals. Five of those came against
an unorganized Cameroon team. Russia were eliminated already in the first
round and that prevented Salenko from being the first man in 20 years to
score more than 6 goals in one cup.
1978 - "Goal number 1000"
goal in World Cup history was scored by Rob Rensenbrink on a penalty against
Scotland in 1978.
Blanc 1998 - "First Golden Goal"
beat Paraguay 1-0 in the second round in the 1998 World Cup, it was the
first ever Golden Goal in a World Cup match. It is so far the only one
Switzerland 1994 - "First match indoor"
in Detroit, was the venue for the first ever World Cup match played indoor,
but the game itself was played on natural grass of course and ended 1-1.
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