There is no proof that VAR should have awarded Japan's winner

‘It’s sheer incompetence’: There is no proof that VAR should have awarded Japan’s controversial winner that ended up sending Germany home, Sportsmail’s Mike Keegan tells WORLD CUP CONFIDENTIAL

  • It’s been 12 hours and there is still no proof that Japan’s goal was right to stand
  • Ao Tanaka’s controversial winner saw Japan beat Spain and sent Germany home
  • The goal was awarded by VAR – despite the ball looking to have gone out of play
  • Sportsmail’s experts discuss Romelu Lukaku being at fault for Belgium’s exit
  • Mike Keegan claims FIFA are expanding the World Cup purely to make money
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It’s been 12 hours yet there is still no proof that Japan’s goal was right to be awarded as they bagged a place in the last-16 while Germany crashed out due to that decision – with Sportmail experts questioning how with so much technology in place.


  • Sportmail’s Ian Ladyman and Dominic King insists we can feel sorry for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, but it is his fault Belgium are out of the World Cup, and he always misses big chances in big games.
  • Mike Keegan feels FIFA are expanding the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026 purely to make money and the decision will rob us of group stage drama like last night with less jeopardy.
  • Martin Samuel claims England can practice penalties as much as they like in training, but it will never replicate the pressure of the real thing.


Daily Mail writers Ian Ladyman, Dominic King, Martin Samuel and Mike Keegan were speaking as part of Sportsmail and MailPlus’s daily videocast ‘World Cup Confidential’. 

It appears on MailOnline every morning of the tournament and can be found on our YouTube channel. 

Japan’s Kaoru Mitoma was controversially ruled by VAR to have kept the ball in play for their winner against Spain

That VAR decision meant Germany crashed out of the World Cup despite beating Costa Rica

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