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3 Controversial FIFA World Cup Moments that turned the Game

There is no doubt that a single moment can change the whole complexion of a football match, and when the event is none other than a World Cup match, these moments find themselves placed in eternity. However, some of them do not comply with what we call "justified means".

Top Controversial FIFA World Cup Moments

So here are 3 moments that turned the entire course of the game. 

Hand of God


Three decades have passed since the moment that divided the whole world, where one-sided justified the illegality, and the other side bashed the audacity of Diego Maradona. In 1986 the stage was set where Argentina took on England for a place in the semifinals. The match looked well poised and it seemed something spectacular would be needed to break the deadlock. Arguably, the greatest of all time, Diego Maradona then came up with two such moments.

The first one remains unforgettable, Maradona came surging in looking to meet a cross from the right. The ball was slightly above him and his short demeanor could not manage to head the ball. The little Argentine then went in with his arms up and ever so slightly did he punch it for a goal. In real-time it was hard to see any kind of contact other than head, but replays confirmed that it was his hand that was used to score the goal. England's shot stopper was the only one protesting against it, so the referee awarded Argentina the goal. This caused a major backlash, and the ever complaining British Media coined Maradona "a cheat". Maradona defended himself saying "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God". 

He scored the greatest goal in the history of World Cup in the same match after taking the ball inside his own half, mesmerized past five England players and scored the second goal. However, it was his "Hand of God" incident that was highlighted the most, and rightly so. 




Suarez's hand to Uruguay's semifinal dreams



Luis Suarez is arguably the greatest center forward of our generation and there is no doubt about his ruthless and proficient approach in front of the goal. However, the Uruguayan has been on the front page for all the wrong reasons too. 

His hat-trick of biting opposition players did not seem enough when Suarez popped up with another drama. However, all of Uruguay supported his decision and hailed him as their hero other than Diego Forlan. 

Deep into extra time when both teams were level on 1-1, Ghana looked more threatening and they won a free kick in a precarious position. Dominic Adiyiah of Ghana rose high and powered a header destined for the match winning goal. Suarez was determined and he threw his right hand and punched clear the ball. The referee pointed to the spot and sent Suarez off. Asamoah Gyan then stepped up only to rattle the crossbar from the spot. Uruguay won 4-2 on penalties and it is still revered as Suarez's hand that made it possible.



Lampard's free kick goal that should have been given



This is not one of those moments where it immediate impact was rendered. Perhaps, looking back at the tie between Engand and Germany in 2006 one can say that the referee made a huge blunder. 

England and Germany faced off looking to book a quarterfinal berth, the Germans looked charged up and scored two quick first half goals. England pooped up with a goal few minutes before half time, and looked to have restored parity when Lampard's freekick cannoned off the woodwork and landed inside the goal. The referee did not seem to agree and despite thunderous protests he ruled out the goal. 

Germany got a lifeline and England had no other options but to go all cylinders firing right from the second half. Germany scored two counter attacking goals and England bowed out of the tournament. Had the goal been given, the match could have turned in any direction as England looked to gain a strong foothold. 


In this edition we saw how "unfair" and "unjustified" means can change the complexion of a World Cup match. Poor refereeing also plays a big part and it should be noted that a lot have changed to reduce this errors.  

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