Sport24.co.za | Reaction to VAR decisions as Spain, Portugal advance

2018-06-26 08:48

Baden Gillion – Sport24

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Cape Town – All the reaction to a remarkable night of football as VAR controversy labelled as “farcical and shambolic” took centre stage as Spain and Portugal advanced to the last 16.

Spain scored a dramatic 92nd minute equaliser to secure a draw with Morocco and top Group B at the 2018 Soccer World Cup in Russia.

Portugal were held by a resolute Iran side in a 1-1 stalemate and finished second in Group B behind Spain who were held by Morocco in a 2-2 draw.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) came in for strong criticism after a number of controversial decisions in both matches that saw a rather fortunate Spain top Group B.

Iran were awarded a penalty in stoppage-time after Portugal’s Cedric Soares was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area. Spain also scored in the 90th minute despite a corner being taken from the wrong side of the goal-posts.

Here is all the reaction the last night’s Group B action:

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