Monday, June 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: VAR used to mixed reviews in Confederations Cup

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup
Portugal 2-2 Mexico
(Quaresma 34', Soares 86')-(Chicharito 42', Moreno 90+1')

VAR was used twice in this match, which has led to the usual hubbub arising about the concerns of using a replay system. The first use denied Pepe from scoring for Portugal. After initially counting the goal, replays showed he was offside and it was waved off. The second time was used to confirm Cedric Soares's go ahead goal. Little effort was made by the officials to communicate what was going on, and that needs to be ironed out, but other than that, things went smoothly.

The complaining done after this game was all done by Portugal, who was most affected by the decisions. They can whine all they want about only their goals needing the system all they want, but they just happened to score under potentially dubious circumstances. Mexico, understandably, had a more positive review of proceedings and I suspect Portugal would have too if the roles were reversed.

Replay is finally coming to soccer and there is nothing we can do about it. Yes, it will take time to iron out the process, but, in time, we will all get used to it. American sports have used it for years and we have come to accept it, even the mega traditionalists that run baseball have adapted. So, soccer will be just fine.

Cameroon 0-2 Chile
(Vidal 81', Vargas 90+1')

MLS
Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls
(Wright-Phillips 87', 90+2')

USL
Swope Park Rangers 2-2 Phoenix Rising
(Oliveira PK 26', Selbol PK 62')-(Drogba 57', PK 89')

North American League Tables

Today's Matches
FIFA Confederations Cup
Australia v. Germany- 11am- FS1

USL
Real Monarchs v. Reno 1868- 9pm- YouTube
Seattle Sounders 2 v. Oklahoma City Energy- 10:30pm- YouTube

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