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After a World Cup dispute, FIFA explains why Japan's goal against Spain was allowed to stand.

With a 2-1 victory over Spain, Japan, in highly contentious circumstances, secured their place in the round of 16, eliminating Germany in the process. After 11 minutes, Alvaro Morata gave Spain the lead, but Japan quickly recovered thanks to goals from Ritsu Doan and Ao Tanaka.

Karou Mitoma extended to cross back in for Tanaka just as the ball was about to go out of play for Tanaka's goal, confusing many football fans watching the game because from one viewpoint it appeared as though the ball had gone out.

The goal was awarded after a protracted VAR wait, despite the camera shot on ITV that appeared to indicate the ball was out. Japan was able to hold on for the final 40 minutes to advance as Group E champions with Spain coming in second.

Despite broadcasters now exposing how the VAR officials arrived at their conclusion, reports claim that the FIFA has now clarified the verdict.

The International Football Association Board's "Law 9: The Ball In and Out of Play" contains the soccer law that applies to the incident.

The ball is out of play when it completely crosses the goal line or touchline on the ground or in the air, according to Section 9.1.

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