November 14, 2020

VAR denies Messi as Argentina are held in World Cup qualifier

VAR denies Messi as Argentina are held in World Cup qualifier2

Argentina were required to go for a 1-1 draw at home by Paraguay in a CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier match played in the very early hrs of Friday early morning.

Angel Romero offered Paraguay the lead from the spot in the 21st min, but Nicolas Gonzalez adjusted for the hosts in the 41st minute to guarantee the match was all square going into the break.

Lionel Messi then thought he had offered his side the lead and also perhaps the victor in the 58th min, but adhering to a VAR review, his goal was ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

Speaking after the match, Argentina trainer Lionel Scaloni called for uniformity in the use of the VAR, which has time after time come under criticism.

” I believe that somehow it is necessary to seek to combine the problem of the VAR,” Scaloni told a press conference. “I am not talking in great or breach of contract, but to combine criteria.”

On the claimed foul in the build-up to the disallowed goal, Scoloni added;

” We are left without a player for several days or months. The knock existed and VAR really did not review it.”

The draw saw Argentina fail to make it three victories in 3, yet are still atop the general standings on seven points.

They could however go down to 2nd if Brazil wins their Saturday match against Venezuela.