BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa – Frank Lampard’s shot ricocheted off the cross bar and crossed the goal line Sunday in England’s 4-1 loss to Germany and immediately evoked memories of 1966.
Replays showed the ball across the line, but referee Jorge Larrionda of Uruguay did not award a goal. Germany retained its 2-1 lead.
The moment instantly recalled a famously controversial goal from the 1966 World Cup final between England and Germany.
Then, England and Germany were tied at 2 in extra time when Geoff Hurst’s shot struck the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and spun back into play. The referee consulted his linesman, who awarded the goal. Hurst went on to score a third goal in England’s 4-2 victory at Wembley.
Associated Press columnist John Leicester warned that Lampard’s goal that wasn’t shouldn’t interpreted as karmic retribution for Hurst’s “ghost goal.”
“All this time later, it is not possible to say with 100 percent certainty that Soviet linesman Tofik Bakhramov called it correctly when he said Hurst’s strike crossed the goal line,” Leicester wrote. “… This wasn’t poetic justice for Germany. It was an English goal.”