VAR rules out Ajax’s first goal against Real Madrid in the round-of-16 tie of the Champions League.
VAR has finally come into play for the first time in the Champions League’s history.
The technology was used for the first time in the game between Manchester United and PSG yesterday, but only altered a situation in the European match today.
Ajax scored the first goal of the game against Real Madrid after a brilliant half of football. However, their goal was soon ruled out when VAR came into effect.
The technology ruled the goal out for offside, bringing the score back to 0-0.
Here’s the incident:
— SeekingSea (@sea_seeking) February 13, 2019
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the incident:
Meanwhile in the VAR room pic.twitter.com/0LNeRsMzUD
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) February 13, 2019
VAR has officially arrived in the Champions League.
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) February 13, 2019
Ajax scored against Real Madrid but the goal was later disallowed as VAR was used to overturn a decision for the first time in Champions League history.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 13, 2019
The thing with VAR is that it doesn’t remove the controversy it just shifts it. Subjectivity still there. Would another ref have said “no interference”?
— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) February 13, 2019
— Sports News (@FIFAWCGoals) February 13, 2019
Nicolas Tagliafico is the first player to have a goal ruled out by VAR in the Champions League.
Remember the name for a pub quiz in 10 years’ time. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/APoTwjtpnQ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 13, 2019
People: Now that there’s VAR Madrid won’t be favored anymore.
VAR: Hold my beer.
— Hernán (@HernanJFC) February 13, 2019
VAR RESCUES THE CHAMPIONS 📺
Having thought they had taken the lead, Ajax have a goal ruled out thanks to VAR. Correct call? 🤔
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) February 13, 2019
If that’s interference, maybe. If that’s been ruled out for offside: an example of the mission creep that’ll make VAR a nonsense, and further evidence that the offside rule as it is currently employed is insane.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) February 13, 2019
It’s both. He’s offside, but he doesn’t touch the ball. So the only question is whether he’s interfering. And ref felt he was.
In fact (and this is what we’ll find out if/when we get VAR/ref audio) I bet he saw interference + his only question was whether he was offside.
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) February 13, 2019
So you’re telling me without VAR, (games like against Bayern) there were clear offsides not called in favor of Real Madrid, and now with VAR, decisions are still going their way? Not coincidence, pure robbery from this shite club.
— J. (@Messilizer) February 13, 2019
The first CL match ever that features M*drid and VAR and VAR is used to cancel a valid goal against them.
You couldn’t make this shit up if you tried…
— ᑳarçalεv (@Barsalev) February 13, 2019