5 Most Controversial Refereeing Decisions In World Cup 2022

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Over The Line? Japan's Goal Against SpainAo Tanaka's 51-minute winner against Spain that knocked Germany out of the tournament raised too many eyebrows. When Kaoru Mitoma delivered the cross, it seemed the ball has gone beyond the ground, but VAR proved otherwise.

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Lionel Messi Got Soft Penalty Against PolandLionel Messi was awarded with a very soft penalty against Poland, when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny caught him in his face while collecting the aerial ball. The VAR confirmed it as a penalty, much to Poland's dismay.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Going Down EasilyIn the opening match against Ghana, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to be dragged down by Mohammad Salisu, and the referee pointed to the spot. However, the replays showed that it was a very feeble touch from Salisu, and Ronaldo just made most out of the situation.

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Harry Maguire Not Given PenaltyHarry Maguire found himself on the receiving end of a dangerously mistimed tackle from the Iranian defender, but the referee ordered for the play to continue. England still won the game 6-2.

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Antoine Griezmann's Goal Disallowed Against TunisiaAntoine Griezmann's goal in the eighth minute of the added time was disallowed because his compatriot was deemed offside even though he didn't interfere in the play. The referee rightly pointed out that he was blocking the sight of the goalie, and hence the goal was disallowed.

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