ENGLAND fans felt like it was sweet revenge as Germany crashed out the World Cup thanks to a controversial goalline decision.

The four-time winners went out at the group stage once again despite beating Costa Rica 4-2 as Japan inched their way into the last 16 with a 2-1 victory over Spain.

Frank Lampard's "ghost goal" against Germany in 2010


Frank Lampard’s “ghost goal” against Germany in 2010Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Japan's winner came after the ball appeared to go out of play


Japan’s winner came after the ball appeared to go out of playCredit: AP

Japan’s second goal controversially stood despite claims that the ball had gone over the line.

But England fans felt the decision was 12 years in the making.

Frank Lampard was infamously denied an equaliser against Germany in 2010 when his shot crashed down off the bar but spun back and was not given as a goal – despite being way over the line.

One fan declared: “Justice for Lampard. He got 0 World Cup goals cause of that.”

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A second user said: “Let’s see Lampard’s shot off the post again shall we. Wiedersehen 👋🏼”

“I just know Frank Lampard is watching on with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, justice for his goal in 2010,” said a third.

Another user added: “Lampard’s ghost goal avenged.”

Ex-England ace Alan Shearer even posted his own reaction to Twitter which sees him, Gary Lineker, and Micah Richards laughing hysterically.


Others shared a paired image of the two incidents, with one fan captioning their post: “What goes around comes around…”

Another echoed this by saying: “Funny old world, innit?”

One fan even poked fun at VAR, and said: “Clearly Frank Lampard is in the VAR control room, taking his revenge on Germany for the 2010 ‘not goal’.”

Another said: “Superb job from Frank Lampard in the VAR room 🤣.”

Many others poked fun by stating: “Auf Wiedersehen”

Germany’s elimination means they have now been knocked out of the last two World Cup at the group stages after winning the 2014 tournament.

Meanwhile, Japan have set up a tie against Croatia before possibly facing favourites Brazil if they make it to the quarter-finals.

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