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Tracing Japan's Controversial Goal against Spain


Portalspots.xyz - Japan can finally make it to the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup. Samurai Blue can beat Spain with a controversial goal.  Group E must fight to the death in the third match, to send their 2 representatives to the Round of 16 of the 

World Cup 2022. Japan vs Spain, and Costa Rica vs Germany will take place at dawn on Friday (2nd) December 2022) WIB . In the Japan vs Spain match held at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar, Japan 

won. The Asian representative defeated the Matador team with a score of 2-1. After Alvaro Morata's 11th minute goal, Japan could only respond in the second half. Ritsu Doan and Ao Tanaka won 2-1.

Japan's second goal was then widely discussed. Because, Ao Tanaka scored after taking advantage of a pass from Kaoru Mitoma, where the ball seemed to have left the field. The goals came from Ritsu Doan's

low pass from the right flank to the left post of Spain. Mitoma chased after him and sent the ball into the middle to make a clearance. However, in slow motion, the ball can be seen going out of bounds, before being 

kicked by Tanaka and shoved into the mouth of the goal. Referee Victor Gomes then checked the VAR and looked at it for a long time. Finally, until VAR recognized the goal when it said that 'the ball has not completely left the field'.

  • Once, for a change, we can be thankful for VAR, that confirmed Japan's winning goal was legal. Unlike in past controversies (1966 the ultimate?!) we KNOW this goal was good. End of story. No controversy. Onto the next games! pic.twitter.com/

  • — JSoccer Magazine (@JSoccerMagazine) December 1, 2022
  • And that's why we have VAR. Huge moment. The ball hasn't crossed the line. Goal.

  • Imagine how aggrieved Japan would have been had it not stood in the #FIFAWorldCup of all stages

  • VAR 👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/aJNBXH3UMU

  • — The Kop End (@TheKopEnd0619) December 1, 2022 
Those who consider VAR to be correct claim that the TV angles only show the details of Japanese balls that have not yet left the field of play. Others who felt the VAR ruling wasn't 

quite fair used screenshots that showed the Japanese ball was indeed out. But in the end, Japan's controversial goal was still surpassed. Japan beat Spain 2-1. This victory 

helps Japan have 6 points in Group E, ranked above Spain. Japan eliminated Germany even though in the match at the same time, Die Mannschaft beat Costa Rica 4-2. Japan and Spain have qualified for the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup in Group E.