Argentina - Saudi Arabia: The VAR show: a penalty in favor of Scaloni's team and three millimeter offsides against the Arabs
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VAR continues to command all the attention in Qatar 2022. As is the case in Argentina and in other leagues around the world, it is still not clear when technology is well applied to stocks and when it is not. And in this tide, sometimes technology plays in its favor and in other cases, it doesn’t.

In the unexpected 2-1 loss on their debut against Saudi Arabia, the albiceleste team savored both flavors. the one with the benefitwhen the VAR noticed a tiny grab on Leandro Paredes in the area and a penalty was sanctioned, and the damagewhen a goal from Lionel Messi and another two from Lautaro Martínez were canceled because a shoulder from La Pulga and another from the Inter striker were offside.

Barely seven minutes had been played in the match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia in Lusail, in the albiceleste debut in Qatar 2022. Messi was preparing to kick a free kick from the left wing when the VAR, in charge of the Dutchman Paulus Van Boekel and the German Bastian Dankert, called the Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic. Nobody had noticed and no Argentine had claimed in the previous play. But there was a video signal and the play was reviewed at the foot of the field. It was seen how Saud Abdulhamid prevented Leandro Paredes from passing when the ball fell over the Saudi Arabia area. It was a grab like so many and a penalty like few: it served to open the account on the scoreboard, in a World Cup debut.

A few minutes later, Messi himself made it 2-0 after classily defining a one-on-one with the Arab goalkeeper. But Vincic’s assistant raised the flag and marked an offside that the VAR confirmed. The repetition on TV showed the millimeter of the annulled action.

Offside of shoulder. That was charged to Lautaro Martínez, who had defined with a soft touch over the goalkeeper.

At 35 minutes, a similar action occurred again. Lautaro Martínez stung into space, faked the goalkeeper with enormous lucidity and pushed the ball into the empty net. But once again the VAR drowned out the Argentine celebration.


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