[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] A wonderful strike from Toshihiro Aoyama becomes the first goal ever scored in a game where FIFA used goal-line technology. It came in Sanfrecce Hiroshima's 1-0 win over Auckland City at the Club World Cup in Japan on Thursday.
The International Football Association Board decided in July that GLT would be used in this tournament, the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
FIFA is testing two systems at this tournament, which features winners from six continental tournaments, and the league winner of the host nation, in this case Hiroshima of the J-League. Teams are weighted, Chelsea and Corinthians, winners of the Champions League and Copa libertadores, begin in the semifinals.
The games in Yokohama, like this one, feature the GoalRef system, involving a magnetic field, while games at the Toyota Stadium will use the Hawk-Eye system, which involves cameras. It’s costing $1 million dollars to use the systems for eight games in 10 days, and the ref still has the final say.
And, the first official game using the pricey technology produced a great goal. Quiet moments in midfield lead to the Japanese champions getting forward to force two terrific saves from Auckland's keeper. Seconds later, Aoyama crushes it past the GoalRef for the winner. Hiroshima meets Al-Ahly of Egypt in the next round.
Good thing they had GLT for this one, it’d be hard to tell if this ball went in without it. The celebration ain’t bad either ...