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28 minutes into the first half and Union fell to Racing when Luna Diale picked off Martín Arias and finished with the goal at their mercy. The ball was headed for a goal but Academy defender Galvan got over the line (or not) to clear it. Referee Nicolas Ramirez – prompted by the linesman – did not hesitate and validated the goal. It was 1 to 1 at Tet but VAR decided to intervene.
From Aziza, about 500 kilometers from Santa Fe, Ray Hilfer understood that the ball had not gone in. Of course, no camera in the world can determine whether the ball enters the goal or not, while the game is so good.
The aerial and side cameras may not be located at the same height of the goal line as they are covered by the sticks, therefore, the judgment may differ depending on the camera’s perspective.
Having said that, we know that when there is no evidence to contradict the referee’s first decision, VAR should agree with him, but in Argentine football, technology starts to take more importance than the players. Is.
On date 3 of the current Argentina tournament, Racing was a victim of a similar situation. Lisa deflected a header from the Tigre player and Arias covered the shot over the line or took it inside. The position of the ball was never clear, but VAR validated the action as a goal and declared it 1–1 to Tigre.
Solutions to this shortcoming have been invented over the years. In fact, it has been used since the 2014 World Cup and in 2022 it was quickly confirmed that the ball Messi had scored against France had entered Argentina’s 3–2 partial.
During the celebration and while everyone waited for Lautaro Martínez’s position, the broadcast focused on the referee’s smart watch and a green light could be seen confirming that the ball had fully entered.
In Argentina, where “soccer of the world champions” is played, according to the AFA and professional leagues, the intelligence allowing the team’s 3–2 partial against France in the world final has not yet arrived and there is no indication that it will. It will be implemented in the near future.
Meanwhile, Union lost the prospect of securing a quick draw against Racing and Luna Dialé, after experiencing a roller coaster of emotions between the verification and the announcement of the goal, with that nervousness to play a split ball. Arrived, committed a flagrant foul and was ejected.
The play can be discussed for hours and hours, viewed a million times, but even then, without a smart ball that sends a signal to the referee that it has crossed the lime line, it is not possible to define What condition it was in when it was cleared by Galvan (yesterday) or saved by Arius (on date 3).