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England out, Germany through: “Just another referee’s mistake”

Germany trounced England by four goals to one at South Africa's Free State stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday. But what was the effect of Frank Lampard's disallowed goal on the overall result? Let the fans decide...

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Germany trounced England by four goals to one at South Africa's Free State stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday. But what was the effect of Frank Lampard's disallowed goal on the overall result?

Lampard's goal, which came in the 68th minute and would have put England level with Germany at two-all, was disallowed by Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda. But as video footage clearly demonstrates, the ball landed some 50 centimetres inside goal territory. Germany, meanwhile, have proceeded to the quarter finals after going on to score two more goals.

“With two other goals the referee’s mistake was kind of unimportant”

Stephanie Jacobsen is a student from Hamburg, Germany.

I'm happy about the result of course... and compared with the previous match against Ghana it was a REAL football match. Before we weren't really in the mood to celebrate at all; we thought we were about to get kicked out of the tournament. But the game yesterday was great. Great goals, good team play and effort.

If we'd won this game with a score of 2-1 the press would have been awful afterwards because of the disallowed goal. But with [Thomas] Muller's two other goals, it's kind of unimportant and just another referee's mistake, which is no big surprise in this tournament. There have been a lot of wrong decisions made by referees. Of course they cannot see everything, but in this world cup it has been awful.

I'm excited about the next match. The game against Argentina in 2006 is still in our minds [Germany equalised at 80 minutes]! That was a nerve-wracking match but we were the lucky ones in the end. So we can't wait for another sweet victory!"

“We could have won the World Cup”

Adam Clarkson is a musician from Nottingham, England.  

The disallowed goal was a serious mistake and shows that it's now time to bring technology into refereeing. However, the real embarrassment for me was the way England played.

For us, the cup had been painful to watch from the beginning. Their defence was awful. As a team they had no cohesion, each player was working independently. And that, I blame on the coach, Fabio Capello. For example, putting Steven Gerrard on the left?! What rubbish.... We could have won the World Cup if it wasn't for Capello.

This whole episode is a stark reminder of the World Cup final between the two teams in 1966. England beat Germany with a goal by Geoff Hurst, which was later found to be illegitimate. I guess it's one-all on that front...."