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Diego Costa’s equalizer goal makes world cup history

Diego Costa, VAR, Russia World Cup

Spanish striker, Diego Costa scored an equaliser against Portugal on Friday making it the first goal ever awarded after a review from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in a World cup. Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi gave the goal after consulting the VAR team.

Costa’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 level up against a fourth minute penalty goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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.

History of VAR

Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and Portugal’s Primeira Liga introduced VAR at the beginning of this season for the first time in European club football.

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The system had previously been used at last year’s Club World Cup, Confederations Cup and FIFA U20 World Cup and has since been implemented in Australia’s A-League, Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Copa Libertadores.

There are just four types of decisions referees can refer back to VAR to help them clarify match-changing incidents: goals, penalties, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.


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