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Non-goal crucial as Germany earns win

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 06:25 AM
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa -

Germany's latest World Cup victory against England will be remembered not for any of the brilliant goals, but for the one that didn't count.

Ask anyone - players, coaches, thousands of fans in the stadium and millions more watching on television - and there's little question that Frank Lampard put a shot in the net late in the first half that would have tied the score.

But referee Jorge Larrionda waved play on, and Germany used two second-half goals by Thomas Mueller for a 4-1 victory Sunday. The Germans are headed to the quarterfinals. The English are shaking their heads in disbelief.

"It's incredible," England coach Fabio Capello said. "We played with five referees and they can't decide if it's a goal or no goal. The game was different after this goal. It was the mistake of the linesman and I think the referee because from the bench I saw the ball go (in)."

Germany coach Joachim Loew couldn't argue that point.

"What I saw on the television, this ball was behind the line," Loew said. "It must have been given as goal."

It wasn't.

"The goal was very important," Capello said. "We could have played a different style."

Soccer's rules-making panel agreed in March not to pursue experiments with technology that could help referees judge goal-line decisions.

Germany went ahead on goals by Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski before England's Matthew Upson made it 2-1 in the 37th minute.

Lampard's non-goal came a minute later. After the ball landed across the line, it spun back into the arms of Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Capello initially celebrated what he thought was an equalizer by clenching his fists and shaking his arms. But his face changed when he realized the goal had not been given.

As the players headed off the field at halftime, Wayne Rooney walked over to a linesman and gestured with his hands how far he thought the ball crossed the goal line.

Argentina rolls past Mexico

JOHANNESBURG - Carlos Tevez scored twice - once on a disputed goal - and Gonzalo Higuain added another as Argentina beat Mexico 3-1 to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Tevez was offside when he headed in a pass from Lionel Messi in the eighth minute. The referee awarded the goal after consulting with his linesman, the pair surrounded by angrily gesturing Mexican and Argentine players.

In the 33rd, Higuain rounded the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 after Ricardo Osorio, under no pressure, played the ball straight into his path. In the 52nd minute, Tevez rifled in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards.

Mexico's Javier Hernandez scored in the 71st.

Tevez proved difficult for Mexico's defenders to handle, and Higuain - the leading scorer at the World Cup with four goals - should have added another but headed a cross wide from close range just before halftime.

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