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Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 07/03/2011

Women’s World Cup: the blatant handball that wasn’t during Australia victory over Equatorial Guinea

This really happened in a FIFA tournament: A scoring effort by Australia in a Women's World Cup match struck the left post and was caught by an Equatorial Guinea defender, who took a step with the ball in her hands before dropping it. While Australian players howled for a penalty kick — and would’ve been justified in seeking a red card, as well — Hungarian referee Gyoengyi Gaal let play continue.

“She said that she’s very sorry for not seeing such a clear handball,” a FIFA match official told German magazine Kicker.

In honor of Diego Maradona, we'll call this incident: “Hand of Oh-My-God!”

Three minutes later, Equatorial Guinea tied the match. Australia went on to win, 3-2, to remain in contention for a quarterfinal berth. The Matildas are level with Norway on three points; the sides will face one another in the group finale Wednesday in Leverkusen to determine who will join first-place Brazil in the knockout stage. A draw would favor Australia because of its superior goal difference.

szólj hozzá: Gaál Gyöngyi benézi

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