Graeme Souness Question VAR Decision To Award Japan Winning Goal with Kai Havertz Blaming German Players

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    Graeme Souness has called out FIFA over the poor decision to award Japan the second goal against Spain after the ball went out of play. The second goal by Japan against Spain sent Germany packing out of the tournament.

    Japan’s Ao Tanaka completed a stunning comeback. Kaoru Mitoma cut-back, which initially appeared to have gone out of play even though they were behind at halftime.

    Graeme Souness
    Graeme Souness in action

    After a lengthy check by the VAR, they gave the Japan side the goal and claimed the full curvature of the ball was not deemed to have crossed the line, even though it clearly did.

    Graeme Souness has demanded proper investigation should be made by FIFA and the football governing body should show evidence that the ball was not out of play.

    The goal was first called off by the on-field officials because they believed the ball had gone out.

    Graeme Souness
    Graeme Souness On the pitch

    However, despite initial replays appearing to support their decision, VAR decided it should stand after an aerial view subsequently revealed the ball had not completely crossed the line.

    Japan’s victory made them the winners of Group E with six points from three matches, after defeating Spain and Germany. Spain, the runners-up, sit in the second place of the group with four points from three matches.

    Graeme Souness in the studio

    Germany failed to qualify due to a goal difference, even after defeating Costa Rica by four goals to two. The Spanish side has more goals than them due to the win against Costa Rica.

    Kai Havertz Blames Germany Players For Failing To Qualify

    Kai Havertz was not really happy after going out of the World Cup so early for the second time in a row and told his teammates to look at themselves after the disappointing campaign.

    Just like four years ago in Russia, Germany failed to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup.

    Havertz came in the second half to score two important goals for the German side to win the match.

    Havertz does not look happy even with his man of the match award

    However, his two goals were not enough, as Japan qualified after scoring a controversial goal. In addition, Havertz left Qatar with the Man of the Match award and attended a post-match press conference.

    Havertz celebrates after scoring the fourth goal of the match

    Then, as Germany was one of the few countries to mount any sort of protest, the former Bayer Leverkusen starlet was questioned whether the country’s off-field activities during the contentious tournament had distracted the camp.

    Havertz feeling dejected after the match

    Prior to their 2-1 defeat to Japan, Havertz and his teammates took a team photo with their lips covered to imply that FIFA was preventing them from speaking about Qatar’s appalling human rights record and repressive social norms, such as the criminalization of homosexuality.

    “We have to look at ourselves,” Havertz said. “We had enough chances to win against Japan, enough chances to win against Spain. We had the game in our hands today and stille conceded two goals against Costa, which shouldn’t really be possible with the quality we have.

    “We then turned the game around, which was good. But then you see the other result. With quality like that, we can’t afford to lose to Japan. The game against Japan made the difference.”

    What Next For Germany

    The team needs to bring in new players, and the manager should correct the flaws of the team and make them believe they are capable of winning silverware. 

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