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Confederations Cup: Video replay denies Portugal a goal against Mexico

Confederations Cup: Video replay denies Portugal a goal against Mexico

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup saw its first goal ruled out with the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) technology during Sunday’s Group A match between Portugal and Mexico.

Portugal’s defender Pepe scored a goal in the 21st minute of the game but the goal was disallowed for offside on review.

The goal looked to have put the European champions ahead, but the head referee immediately went to his headset to communicate with his assistants and assess whether the play should be reviewed.

The assistants duly looked it over, and awarded what looked to be a correct offside decision against Portugal, disallowing the goal.

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In all, being used for the first time, the VAR process was relatively quick, seamless, and accurate.

But Portugal’s Ricardo Quaresma scored the opener on 34 minutes before Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header for Mexico.

Cedric Soares’ 86th-minute shot was deflected in to put Portugal ahead again, but Hector Moreno snatched a point for the mexicans in the 91st minute.

As it stands, Russia sits at the top of the group, followed by Portugal and Mexico while New Zealand, who were thumped by the hosts 2-0 on Saturday, are bottom.

 

 

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