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World Cup history’s first denied goal through controversial VAR

first_imgVideo Assistant Referee (VAR) is making its debut in this year’s World Cup in Russia and after the first week the technology disallowed its first goal.Although it has been used in domestic competitions across Europe in the past year, some concerns have been raised about the system. Instant replay allows officials to go back and correct a decision and in the end the team which rightfully should have won, does.Iran’s 62-minute goal was disallowed after being checked to be off-side as Spain went onto win the match thanks to a Diego Costa strike.Saeid Ezatolahi thought he had levelled the scores when he swept the ball home after the Spanish defence failed to clear Rezaeian’s free kick, only for referee Andres Cunha to rule the goal out after consultation with VAR officials.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”I thought it was a goal and for that fraction of a second I was thinking about all the hard work that I had done and, because in the first game I was suspended, I was under a lot of pressure,” the 21-year-old said.”God helped me to play well but unfortunately we couldn’t score, the goal didn’t count. “Now we are a little bit sad but we will continue to work hard for the next game to make our fans happy.”Iran coach Carlos Queiroz chose to see the bigger picture though his team lost due to it.”For me, as a trainer, VAR is coming too late,” Queiroz told reporters at the Kazan Arena.advertisement”If we had it six months later, maybe today we had an added point, but it’s good for the credibility of football.”I’ve nothing to say about the quality of Spain’s win other than to say I think they added to the loyalty, integrity of the Iranian players.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”It (the Iran performance) deserved a little better in this match, but that’s football. For the Iranian players to play against Spain, we are winners because we learnt a lot. We only had two possible results; we win or we learn, and we learnt a lot.”VAR has been key reducing refereeing mistakes and has come to the aid of many teams. In France’s game against Australia, referee Andres Cunha had failed to spot Josh Risdon catching Antoine Griezmann inside the box and after reviewing the footage, a penalty was awarded as Les Blues went onto to win 2-1.Also, Andreas Granqvist had converted a 65th minute penalty awarded after video review to hand Sweden a 1-0 victory over South Korea.There has been debate too over the non-use of VAR in certain games. England had cried foul when Harry Kane was wrestled to the floor by Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi and Yassine Meriah, but no review was made despite protets from the English. Brazil had also asked FIFA why the VAR was not used to review two key decisions they believe hindered their side during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland.Brazil players complained long and hard that defender Miranda was pushed by Steven Zuber when he headed home Switzerland’s equaliser early in the second half of their Group E opener. They also believe Gabriel Jesus was manhandled inside the penalty area and should have been awarded a spot kick.As debate rages on whether VAR is useful to correct decisions or it just impedes the flow of the game, one cannot deny its impact at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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