Top 5: Goals that never were

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The case for goal-line technology was made once again last night, as Everton were denied a clear goal against Newcastle.

In an end-to-end, fiercely contested match the non-decision undoubtedly changed the game for the Toffees, who were left fuming after the linesman failed to flag Victor Anichebe's "goal".

The Premier League has committed to introducing the technology as soon as possible, with a 2013-14 start date under consideration. And Monday night's game demonstrated just how difficult a job officials have - technological assistance is a necessity.

In light of last night's "goal that never was", GMF looks back at some of the more famous examples from recent years...

Luis Garcia - Liverpool v Chelsea, 2005

The so-called "ghost goal". Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho coined the term after Luis Garcia prodded the ball towards the net, and the linesman flagged for a goal. But Chelsea were adamant it never crossed the line, and for the Blues, the goal which knocked them out of the Champions League should never have stood.

Marko Devic - England v Ukraine, 2012

John Terry hooked the ball clear after the Ukrainian forward had looped the ball skyward. Replays showed the ball had indeed crossed the line, but the assistant - one of Platini's keen-eyed goal-line watchers - missed it and England clung on for a 1-0 win. Not the greatest advert for Plantini's human approach to goal-line technology.

Pedro Mendes - Manchester United v Tottenham, 2005

A hopeful punt forward by Spurs midfielder Pedro Mendes embarrassed both United keeper Roy Carroll and a sluggish assistant. Mendes launched a speculative shot from near the half-way line, and Carroll went to claim it under no pressure but the ball popped out of his clutches like a slippery soap and crossed the line by yards. The United shot-stopper scrambled back and hooked it clear, and the assistant, 20 yards up the pitch, failed to spot it.

Frank Lampard - England v Germany, 2010

After England's controversial goal at the 1966 World Cup, Germany got some semblance of revenge as Lampard's shot clearly crossed the line before bouncing out off the crossbar. The assistant missed it, and Sepp Blatter apologised but England were routed 4-1 and on their way home from the World Cup.

Thierry Henry - France v Ireland, 2009

Not strictly a case for goal-line technology, although it may have helped, this goal was one of the most controversial in recent years. Instead, this helped bolster the case for Plantini's extra goal-line referees. The former-Arsenal striker helps send France through to the World Cup with a handball against Ireland in the qualification playoff. He needn't have bothered, the French had a disastrous tournament in South Africa.

And Victor Anichebe's "goal" against Newcastle last night...

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