In the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022, the referees have been taking help from VAR technology. Over the course of the tournament, technology has helped the referees taking the right decision. However, on December 1, the technology made a massive mistake during the game between Spain vs Japan. In the 51st minute, Ao Tanaka scored a goal. However, the referees on the field disallowed the goal.
The Asian side challenged the decision and the decision was referred to the VAR. In the video that is going viral, the referee’s decision was spot on as the ball had crossed the goal line outside the net. However, to the shock of everyone, the VAR reversed the decision. It has taken social media by storm.
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The decision proved costly for Germany, which wasn’t even playing the game. Apparently, they needed Japan to either lose or draw the game. However, this controversial goal turned out to be a ‘match-winning’ one for the Asian side. The 2014 winners had beaten Costa Rica by 4-2. At one stage, the German prayers for the 2010 winners looked like fulfilling after the first half.
However, in the second half, the Japanese Men ensured that they make their maiden appearance in the Round of 16. With this, the European side Germany crashed out of the first round for the second consecutive time. Four years back, the then-defending champions crashed out after losing to South Africa. Thomas Muller, the 2014 expressed his disappointment
“For me personally this is an absolute catastrophe,” Germany forward Thomas Müller said.
“If this was my last game, I want to say a few words to our fans who have supported me for years. I have always tried to leave my heart on the field,” he added.