Top 10 World Cup controversies

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6. Lampard's disallowed goal, 2010

Some 44 years after Geoff Hurst's disputed strike helped England lift the World Cup, the Germany fans were handed some consolation in the form of Frank Lampard's infamous "goal that never was".

England were in the ascendancy after Matthew Upson made it 2-1 following a torrid opening period in the last-16 tie against Germany in Bloemfontein which saw them losing by two goals.

Then, in the 38th minute, Lampard floated a ball over the head of German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer which struck the underside of the crossbar and came down past the keeper.

But match referee Jorge Larrionda and his assistant Mauricio Espinosa failed to see the ball had crossed the line.

It is difficult to argue with a deserved final result of 4-1 to Germany after England's poor second-half display, but it could have been different for Fabio Capello's side with the impetus of an equalizer.

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