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Goal line rule

Sunday, June 15, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - FIFA's much trumpeted goal line technology found its first use at the World Cup during Australia's opening match against Chile.

The technology was used to confirm referee Noumandiez Doue's decision not to award a goal for Chile.

In the 62nd minute of the game in Cuiaba, Eduardo Vargas kicked the ball towards goal, but it was cleared off the line by Australia's Alex Wilkinson. The subsequent video confirmed the ball had not completely crossed the line.

The technology had been showcased in earlier World Cup matches, but none of these had been close calls.

Goal line technology was given the nod by FIFA in 2012 and made its big event debut last year at the Confederations Cup.

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