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Disputed plays at 2010 World Cup

A world of controversy

Disputed plays always have played a big role at the World Cup. Frank Lampard's no-goal Sunday in England's 4-1 loss to Germany is the latest and will spark calls for FIFA to institute instant replay to help determine goals. A look at that play and others that have sparked controversy in South Africa:

Sunday | Germany 4, England 1

In the 38th minute of the second-round game, with England behind 2-1, England's Frank Lampard sent a shot off the crossbar. After the ball landed across the line, it spun back into the arms of Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, above. Referee Jorge Larrionda waved play to continue.

June 18 United States 2, Slovenia 2

Moments after the Americans tied the score in the first-round match in Group C, Landon Donovan took a free kick from the side of the penalty area in the 85th minute as players jostled in front, above. Maurice Edu spun away from Bojan Jokic and, one step into the 6-yard box, stuck out his left foot and put the ball in. But referee Koman Coulibaly had whistled play dead for a foul. He never explained who on the U.S. team committed the foul.

June 20 Brazil 3, Ivory Coast 1

Brazil striker Luis Fabiano, left, handled the ball twice as he juggled it past two Ivory Coast defenders before scoring for a 2-0 lead in a Group G win that secured advancement for the Brazilians. The referee later came over and patted his own upper right arm.

Sunday Argentina 3, Mexico 1

Argentina's Carlos Tevez was offside when he headed in a pass from Lionel Messi in the 26th minute for a 1-0 lead, but referee Roberto Rosetti awarded the goal after consulting with his linesman, the pair surrounded by angry Mexican and Argentine players.

Thursday | Slovakia 3, Italy 2

Fabio Quagliarella thought he scored a late equalizer for Italy — the loss eliminated the defending champion in the group stage — but he was ruled offside by the smallest of margins, a ruling that was disputed by the Italians and appeared to be an error on replays in the Group F match.

Wednesday United States 1, Algeria 0

In the final Group C match, Clint Dempsey scored in the 21st minute off the rebound of Herculez Gomez's shot. But the goal was disallowed because of an offside call. Again, replays indicated Dempsey was in a fair position.

June 19 | Ghana 1, Australia 1

Aussie forward Harry Kewell was sent off in the 24th minute of the Group D match after blocking a goal-bound shot with his upper arm. The arm was pinned against his body, but Swiss referee Roberto Rosetti showed Kewell the red card in the first-round match.

June 17 | Mexico 2, France 0

In a first-round Group A match, Javier Hernandez appeared to be in an offside position when he ran onto Rafael Marquez's pass and went around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to give Mexico a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute.

Times wires

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