Two badly disallowed goals against La Roja ended with the host qualifying for the semifinals of the World Cup.
The Money Heist? a bean If you ask a Spaniard about the biggest robbery he sufferedwill remember that afternoon June 22, 2002in Gwangjuwhere the quarterfinal duel of the Korea-Japan World Cup was played between Spain and South Korea. 20 years ago, the locals eliminated the Europeans 5-3 on penalties after a 0-0 that should have ended with two goals from Spain, badly annulled for the arbitration list, which even today each one must have their right ear red hot.
The Gwangju robbery: 20 years after the game in which Korea eliminated Spain from the 2002 World Cup with a suspicious arbitration
is considered one of the biggest robberies in World Cup history. The main referee was the Egyptian Ahmed Al-Ghandour and was accompanied by his two assistants, the Ugandan Ali Tomusange and Michael Ragoonath, from Trinidad and Tobago. Between the three, canceled two goals from Spain that today would have been validated by the VAR.
La Roja, directed by José Antonio camacho and with figures like Casillas, Morientes, Luis Enrique, Hierro, Puyol and Xavi Hernándezamong others, the right of play the first semi-final of a World Cup in its history. In front, one of the hosts commanded by Guus Hiddink. After 120 minutes of parity only defended by the marker, South Korea eliminated Spain 5-3 on penalties. The anger of the Spaniards continues to this day, since during the match they annulled two legitimate goals.
The goals that annulled Spain against South Korea in the 2002 World Cup
Ghandour’s first mistake was the disallowed goal to Rubén Baraja five minutes into the second half. The Egyptian claimed that Helguera had been missing in attack when heading a ball that ended up in the net. Reviewing the images, violation is not seen.
The second goal badly annulled It was in the first time of the extension: Joaquín’s center from the right, just with the ball over the bottom line, and Morientes’s header at the second post to put Spain 1-0 and one foot in the semifinals. Nevertheless, the linesman raised the flag indicating that the ball had gone out before throwing the centerso Ghandour took a goal kick.
Ghandour’s phrases, 20 years later: “I made an excellent arbitration”
“The Spanish cannot blame me for that defeat against Korea because, before the end of the game, they had several clear chances. They could have finished the win before going to penalties. In a match, only the main referee is judged, but sometimes we cannot sustain the decisions of our assistants. I confirm myself: I made an excellent arbitration. In fact, FIFA scored me 8.7 out of 10 that day.”declared the main referee in an interview for Brand.
Al-Ghandour had a small moment of humility and added: “Analyzing the plays, for me there is only one debatable decision and that is the disallowed goal, since Joaquín’s center could not have left the field. That’s the main point of contention.”. Of course, he threw all the responsibility to the line: “The errors of my assistants should not be computed to my performance”.
Although he believes that he acted correctly, in Spain several mistakes of his during the game stand out to him. In addition to continuous fouls not calledin Sports world they wrote the following: “The finishing touch to the arbitration performance were several non-existent offsidesspecifically three in a row, in which Luis Enrique, Morientes and Mendieta were left alone to face the South Korean goal”.
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