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Yes, Ukraine’s Goal Crossed the Line. But …

20/06/2012
No goal! ... John Terry slides in to clear.

No goal! … John Terry slides in to clear.

The goal was in, and Ukraine is out. But as usual, it’s not that simple.

Ukraine joined its co-host Poland on the exit ramp from Euro 2012 on Tuesday, falling to England, 1-0, in Donetsk in the teams’ final group game. Wayne Rooney scored the winner, a header that might have been remembered if Ukraine’s Marko Devic had been credited with an equalizer in the 62nd minute. Devic ran past John Terry and slammed a shot off Joe Hart that hung in midair just long enough for Terry to scramble back and clear it off the line. But did he?

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“There are five referees on the pitch and the ball is 50 centimeters behind the goal line,” Ukraine Coach Oleg Blokhin said. “Why do we need five referees on the pitch?”

Ukraine’s captain, Andriy Shevchenko, said through an interpreter, “The goal that wasn’t given really changed our plan because if it was given, I think the whole game could have looked another way.”

“Even with technology you would not be completely sure,” said England Coach Roy Hodgson, though Frank Lampard might disagree. “But if it was a goal, then that was a slice of luck.”

And as Jacqui Oatley of the BBC pointed out, giving Ukraine the goal might have caused an even bigger stir, since the player who set up Devic — Artem Milevskiy — appeared to be offside long before he passed passed him the ball.
»NYTimes.com

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