Russia 2018: Diego Costa’s Equaliser Goal Makes World Cup History

Russia 2018: Diego Costa’s Equaliser Goal Makes World Cup History

By News Agency of Nigeria on June 16, 2018
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Spain vs Portugal: Diego Costa goal makes history with first VAR decision at a World Cup | Getty Images
Spain vs Portugal: Diego Costa goal makes history with first VAR decision at a World Cup | Getty Images

Diego Costa’s equaliser for Spain against Portugal on Friday, June 15, 2018 was the first time a World Cup goal was awarded after a review from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

The striker’s goal was allowed to stand in spite of a collision with defender Pepe.

Costa ran into the Portuguese centre back in the build-up to his equaliser in the 24th minute to cancel out Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth minute penalty.

Spain vs Portugal: Diego Costa goal makes history with first VAR decision at a World Cup | The Independent
Spain vs Portugal: Diego Costa goal makes history with first VAR decision at a World Cup | The Independent

Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi gave the goal after consulting the VAR team.

The system, which was trialled in Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A last season, allows the video assistant to review decisions where a “clear and obvious” error is spotted.

Later in the first half, Spain midfielder Isco asked Rocchi to consult the video assistant again when a shot from Andres Iniesta came flying off the underside of the bar.

However, the Italian indicated he would have received a signal on his watch from the goal line technology being used had the ball crossed the line. (Reuters/NAN)

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