FIFA World Cup comes every four years to present the football lovers an enthralling journey of gameplay and emotions. From wholeheartedly supporting the favorite team to dishing out expert opinions, every football fan enters into a world of frenzy.
Amidst these, there are also controversies that make this tournament even more interesting. Here are such controversial goals that changed the course of history for different teams.
1. Diego Maradona’s Hand of God
Controversies about World Cup goals cannot begin without mentioning this incident of 1986. During a match between Argentina and England, Diego Maradona scored a goal that went down in history as being one of the most debated ones. In this, he scored a goal with the use of his hand but the referee ruled in Argentina’s favor despite England’s continuous protests.
2. The disallowed goal of Frank Lampard
During 2010 World Cup, Germany and England were playing an intense game after a knockout tie. The goal scored by English midfielder Frank Lampard bounced inside the goal and came out instantly. Despite serious protests from the team, the referee disallowed it. Later Germany beat England to reach the quarterfinals.
3. Carlos Tevez’s goal against Mexico
Another controversial goal from 2010 World Cup was by Carlos Tevez. This player from Argentina scored a clear offside but the goal was awarded to him anyway. It led to Argentina’s win against Mexico.
4. Geoff Hurst’s goal against West Germany
Back in 1966, Germany was still a divided nation and the team which took part in the World Cup was West Germany. They played a very exciting match against England which headed towards extra time with a draw after 90 minutes. Geoff Hurst of England took a close-range shot that resulted in the ball being bounced off after hitting the crossbar. This goal was allowed which changed the fate of West Germany team and sealed England’s win.
5. Senegal’s bizarre goal
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Senegal’s M’Baye Niang scored a crucial goal that confirmed their victory against Poland in the ongoing World Cup 2018. Niang was sent back for injury but he reentered with referee’s permission as Poland was sending the ball back to their keeper. Niang seized the moment and scored a goal. Though the debate is still hot, this goal will certainly go down as one of the memorable ones.