VAR stirs endless debate in Russian Federation

VAR stirs endless debate in Russian Federation

VAR stirs endless debate in Russian Federation

Man of the match Quaresma praised his side's determination and said he was eager for the mouth-watering prospect of a last 16 encounter with twice World Cup winners Uruguay. "I'd have to watch it again to talk about it, but I think the VAR did its job and that's what we have to accept".

A new record was set on Tuesday [NZ time], when referee Enrique Caceres gave one to Portugal, then one to Iran during their 1-1 draw at Mordovia Arena in Russian Federation, the 19th and 20th penalties of the tournament.

"The best players in the world face that when there isn't an opportunity to really make it happen".

In the course of those two matches, both of which ended in draws that allowed Spain and Portugal to advance to the knockout stages, VAR was used to award three penalties that were not called on the field and to award a goal that had been disallowed by an offside call.

VAR was called upon when Cristiano Ronaldo caught Iran's Morteza Pouraliganji with a flailing elbow off the ball.

He said: The reality is you stop the game for VAR and there is an elbow. As expected, it was Portugal who had the lion's share of the play with Iran, happy to sit back and soak up the pressure, waiting until the thirty-third minute to have their first attempt on goal but Saeid Ezatolahi's header was comfortably gathered by Rui Patrício. Ronaldo then avoided a red card after a VAR referral and Iran were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of the match which they scored to level the tie. There was minimal contact and Caceres originally waved off a foul.


Think great players can not in this situation be wrong, but it made Lionel Messi and Ronaldo repeated.

"I need to know if I am grandfather or no".

"They had thought I was a beggar!"

All of a sudden, VAR had been revealed to be just like any other replay system: a process meant to reduce the number of controversies by correcting human error was now only adding to the controversies because there was still human judgment involved.

Recall that Iran played a draw with Portugal, nearly knocking her from the tournament.

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