Lam­pard: I knew it was over the line

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

Frank Lam­pard has called for the ad­vent of goal-line technology af­ter be­ing de­nied a cru­cial equaliser as Eng­land crashed out of the World Cup to Ger­many.

Eng­land were trail­ing 2-1 when Lam­pard’s 20-yard strike hit the un­der­side of the bar and bounced down around a yard over the goal-line.

But the match of­fi­cials al­lowed play to con­tinue and Ger­many even­tu­ally went on to win 4-1 - a score­line Lam­pard be­lieves flat­tered them.

The Chelsea mid­fielder said: “I haven’t seen the goal again but I didn’t need to see it again.

“I knew straight away that my shot was over the line, clearly a yard or so.

“It baf­fles me that it wasn’t given and it was a big de­cid­ing fac­tor.

“I won’t stand here and say it is the rea­son why we got knocked out.

“But if it had gone to 2-2, and we had still come out and played the way we did in the sec­ond half, it would have been a dif­fer­ent game.”

Lam­pard said: “I think it is time to bring in goal-line technology.

“We had a meet­ing be­fore the World Cup when we were told about a mil­lion dif­fer­ent rule changes that hardly af­fect the game.

“The big one, the one that af­fects the game to­day, hasn’t been brought in so it is a no-brainer.”

Lam­pard be­lieves there were only small mar­gins that sep­a­rated the two sides.

He said: “Ev­ery­one can see, it was small things in the game.

“Ev­ery­one can see it was a goal which would have sent us in level at half-time and af­ter the break we were on top and hit the bar again.

“Maybe we showed a bit of des­per­a­tion and a lit­tle bit of naivety on our part in try­ing to push and push and get­ting caught on sucker punches on counter-attacks.

“It is the story of the game. No­body can stand here and tell me Ger­many were a lot bet­ter than us. They were not 4-1 bet­ter than us.

“But the things have con­spired against us and maybe we have con­spired against our­selves at times. But it just didn’t go for us.”

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