FIFA World Cup 2018 continues to entertain football lovers all over the World. Portugal and Spain somehow managed to record their first victories in the tournament. Uruguay has joined Russia in the knockout stage after beating Saudi Arabia 1-0. Morocco and Egypt will play their final game for pride because their bags are on their way to the airport. Today, Lionel Messi will try to beat Croatia, Pogba will try to score a real goal against Peru and Denmark will entertain Australia in the early kickoff. The focus today turns to controversial Video Assistant referee. Iran will feel they deserved a point against La Roja but VAR said otherwise. Let us take a look at five big and controversial decision made by VAR so far in Russia tourney.
5. Peru Penalty Vs. Denmark
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Denmark started their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory against Peru. The Scandinavians goal was scored by Yussuf Poulsen after a fine assist from Christian Eriksen. However, the story could’ve been very different by half-time had Cristian Cueva scored his penalty. The forward became the first player to miss a spot-kick in the 2018 tournament. The referee had missed it but Video Assistant Referee notified him and it was reviewed and awarded.
4. Egypt Penalty Vs. Russia
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Uruguay 1-0 win against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday means Egypt and their Middle East neighbors have been eliminated from the tournament. Luis Suarez scored the goal for the South Americans in the second half after the goalkeeper misjudged the flight of the ball coming from a corner.
Mohamed Salah leaves the competition with a goal on his name after scoring a penalty against hosts Russia on Tuesday night. The Liverpool star was fouled inside the box when his side were 3-0 down. The referee awarded a free-kick but the Pharaohs said it was inside the box. A review was quickly done by VAR and the penalty was awarded. It gave the North Africans a fresh impetus but at the end, it was just a consolation.
3. Sweden Penalty Vs South Korea
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Germany will face giant killers Sweden in their second Group F match on Saturday. The defending Champions must win to re-ignite their campaign or face elimination in the Group stages. The European side lost 1-0 to Mexico In their opening match.
The Scandinavians will have the VAR to thank for 3 valuable points against South Korea in their opener. Andreas Granqvist stepped up to score from the spot to put his side ahead and they never allowed the Asians back in the game. The referee had missed the incident but video assistant referee notified him. It was then awarded despite protests from the Korea Republic.