Friday, 22 Feb 2019

Ajax v Real Madrid: Champions League – live!

Critics of VAR will have a field day with this one. Ajax won a couple of corners in quick succession and at one, Mattijs de Ligt directed a powerful header goalwards. Thibaut Courtois failed to catch it and the ball cannoned off him, up into the air. With the goalkeeper off his line, Tagliafico headed into an unguarded net fro seven or eight yards out.

Following a very long pause for VAR, the referee appears to rule it out for either offside or obstruction – Dusan Tadic was standing in front of Courtois when the “goal” was scored. That looks a ridiculous decision – certainly not one that corrected a “clear and obvious error”.

39 min: Or do they? There’s a pause in play as the referee calls for some VAR intervention, before heading over to the touchline to check his monitor for himself.

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