Vélez Sarsfield qualified for the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday night when drawing 0-0 with River Plate in the Monumental stadium, in Buenos Aires, in a round of 16 duel between Argentine teams. The team led by Uruguayan Alexander Medina had the pleasure of unseating one of the favorites for the title by winning 1-0 on aggregate in the series, having won the first leg by a narrow margin a week ago.
The rematch had a controversial action near the end, at minute 78, when Matías Suárez scored the goal that gave River the decision to go to penalties, but the Chilean referee Roberto Tobar annulled it at the request of the VAR because the ball hit the arm of the author of the goal. In the quarterfinals, Vélez Sarsfield will face Talleres de Córdoba, who in another round of 16 series between Argentine teams eliminated Colón de Santa Fe on Wednesday by beating him at home 2-0 (on aggregate 3-1).
What did they say in the VAR?
“The VAR, by checking with different angles and correct speeds, detects the infraction and recommends a review to the referee on the field. The referee, seeing the images, confirms that the ball touches the striker’s arm. He changes his decision and cancels the goal ”, they explain in the video broadcast by Conmebol.
“For me it’s a goal,” says the referee Tobar in the first instance, but from the VAR they warned him of a contact at elbow height. “There was a change of address…”, says the AVAR. “No, I don’t think so”, says the judge.
“The striker heads with his own arm, which is open, and immediately scores a goal,” they insisted.
After several shots, from the VAR they insist that the forward changes the direction of the ball with his arm. “It looks like a hand to me,” they tell him.
Finally, Tobar decides to annul the controversial goal.
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