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What is VAR, how does it work and what are the biggest problems?"

What is VAR, how does it work and what are the biggest problems?

In a remarkable display of sportsmanship, Cristiano Ronaldo urged the referee to reverse a penalty decision awarded to Al Nassr during their AFC Champions League match against Persepolis. Widely recognized as one of the most prolific goal-scorers, Ronaldo surprised the online community with his selfless gesture on Monday. Despite his team, Al-Nassr, facing Persepolis in a crucial Asian Champions League encounter, Ronaldo convinced the referee to overturn the penalty decision initially given when he went down in the penalty box. Ronaldo asks referee to not award him a penalty. GOAT for a reason. #Ronaldo𓃵 ..#AlNassrPersepolis #afcclonfancode pic.twitter.com/lDldzA74Fd — FanCode (@FanCode) ...

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Can you explain VAR, its functioning, and highlight the major challenges associated with it?

Can you explain VAR, its functioning, and highlight the major challenges associated with it?

While VAR is intended to enhance the accuracy of on-field refereeing, recent high-profile incidents have triggered complaints from clubs and their personnel. Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag contested multiple decisions in their Champions League loss to FC Copenhagen, including the contentious red card for Marcus Rashford. Notably, domestic matches have seen their share of VAR controversies. Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta criticized what he deemed “unacceptable” errors by both on-pitch and VAR officials in a loss to Newcastle, and Wolves’ Gary O’Neil has persistently voiced his dissatisfaction with VAR-related outcomes. The controversies include disputed penalties, contentious red cards, and VAR’s role in ...

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Son Heung-min is pained by losses but expresses deep satisfaction with Tottenham’s playing style.

Tottenham captain Son Heung-min acknowledges the sting of recent defeats but implores the team to adhere to Ange Postecoglou’s playing style. A comeback win by Aston Villa compounded Spurs’ woes in November, turning them from Premier League leaders to a squad grappling with three consecutive losses and a growing list of absentees. While taking an early lead against Villa, Spurs struggled to maintain the relentless attacking style Postecoglou advocates. Son emphasized the need for better control when ahead and minimizing mistakes that have disrupted their tempo in previous games. Despite creating chances and playing in a manner that pleases him, ...

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Aston Villa Soars to Fourth Place; Spurs Pays Tribute to Venables

Aston Villa Soars to Fourth Place; Spurs Pays Tribute to Venables

Ollie Watkins propels Aston Villa to fourth in the Premier League, overcoming a 2-1 deficit against Tottenham. The day honors former boss Terry Venables. Unai Emery’s team, initially trailing to Giovani Lo Celso’s first goal of the season, stages a comeback with Pau Torres equalizing before halftime. Watkins seals the victory with his 12th goal of the season. Villa surpasses Tottenham, now in fifth place after their third consecutive defeat. Despite challenges, Postecoglou’s side displays resilience. Emery’s impact since taking over last season is evident, with Villa sitting just two points behind league leaders Arsenal. The match pays tribute to ...

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Alejandro Garnacho, the winger for Manchester United, might have netted the standout goal of the year.

Alejandro Garnacho, the winger for Manchester United, might have netted the standout goal of the year.

In the early moments of the Manchester United versus Everton clash at Goodison Park Stadium, spectators witnessed a live masterpiece unfold in the third minute, courtesy of Alejandro Garnacho. Positioned near the right corner of the box, Garnacho anticipated a precise cross from Diogo Dalot. Charging forward, he executed a flawlessly timed jump, connecting with the ball mid-air to score a spectacular bicycle kick. Everton’s goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, futilely reached for the top corner as the ball found the back of the net. This breathtaking goal propelled Manchester United to a 1-0 lead, eliciting a euphoric reaction from Premier League ...

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PSG netted five goals against Monaco before their Champions League showdown with Newcastle United.

PSG netted five goals against Monaco before their Champions League showdown with Newcastle United.

Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain showcased their dominance with a resounding 5-2 victory over Monaco in Ligue 1 on Friday, further solidifying their position at the league’s summit. Ousmane Dembele marked his inaugural goal for PSG in spectacular fashion during this triumph. Goncalo Ramos initiated the scoring for PSG, but a goalkeeping error by Gianluigi Donnarumma allowed Takumi Minamino to equalize swiftly. Kylian Mbappe, facing his former club, restored PSG’s lead with a penalty, while Dembele and Vitinha sealed the deal with two exceptional goals within three minutes in the second half. Although Folarin Balogun pulled one back for Monaco, substitute ...

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Messi exits amid chaos as Argentina triumphs over Brazil in qualifiers.

Messi exits amid chaos as Argentina triumphs over Brazil in qualifiers.

In a heated 2026 World Cup qualifier, Argentina secured a 1-0 victory against Brazil. However, pre-match crowd issues led to a delayed kick-off, intensifying tensions at Rio’s Maracana Stadium. Brazilian police intervened forcefully, dispersing Argentine fans and heightening the volatile atmosphere. Amid the chaos, Argentine players worked to pacify the situation. Goalkeeper Emi Martinez went as far as confronting a baton-wielding Brazilian police officer, reflecting the heightened emotions surrounding the match. In a development following Lionel Messi’s eighth Ballon d’Or win, he and his teammates briefly exited the field, expressing reluctance to play amidst the chaos. Messi was quoted by ...

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Croatia Secures Spot in Euro 2024, France Held to a Draw by Greece.

Croatia Secures Spot in Euro 2024, France Held to a Draw by Greece.

Croatia secured the last automatic qualification spot for Euro 2024 on Tuesday, while Wales settled for a play-off position. In Group D, Croatia sealed their spot with a 1-0 win against Armenia in Zagreb, thanks to Ante Budimir’s header. Meanwhile, Wales drew 1-1 with Turkey in Cardiff, leaving them in the play-off race. Croatia’s journey to automatic qualification seemed uncertain after October losses to Turkey and Wales. However, their victory made them the 21st and final automatic qualifier for the 24-team tournament in Germany next June and July. Luka Modric, the veteran captain, expressed, “We deserve to be at the ...

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Potential Tragedy: Messi Post Brazil-Argentina Match

Potential Tragedy: Messi Post Brazil-Argentina Match

Following pre-match altercations at Maracana Stadium, Argentine captain Lionel Messi and teammates intervened as police clashed with away fans, including players’ acquaintances. Messi, 36, expressed concern over the violence, citing similarities to past incidents and the potential for tragedy. “The situation was alarming; the police’s actions were aggressive,” Messi remarked. “We had to act to prevent an unfortunate outcome. Our priority was calming the chaos for the families and bystanders present, overshadowing the match’s significance.” The incident occurred before the Brazil-Argentina fixture. The chaos ignited when opposing fans clashed behind one goal during national anthems at Rio de Janeiro’s stadium. ...

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Watch: Lionel Messi Shocked as Police Use Batons on Argentina Fans During World Cup Qualifier Against Brazil

Watch Lionel Messi Shocked as Police Use Batons on Argentina Fans During World Cup Qualifier Against Brazil

Lionel Messi led his teammates into the tunnel following violent clashes between police and fans before kick-off. World Champions Argentina secured a narrow 1-0 victory against rivals Brazil in a heated World Cup qualifier at Rio de Janeiro’s Selvageria no Maracanã #brasil #argentina pic.twitter.com/Azz8RKE47p — Igor Rodrigues (@_igorrodrigues) November 22, 2023 Maracana. The match, scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm local time (00:30 GMT Wednesday), faced a roughly 30-minute delay due to confrontations between supporters of both teams in the stands. Amidst the disturbances, Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez attempted to intervene, even trying to jump into the seating area to ...

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Mexico and Jamaica stage late comebacks to secure qualification for the 2024 Copa América.

Mexico and Jamaica stage late comebacks to secure qualification for the 2024 Copa América.

Mexico secured their spot in next year’s Copa América with a dramatic turnaround, as Edson Álvarez’s 11th-minute goal in second-half stoppage time helped El Tri beat Honduras 4-2 on penalty kicks. The match had reached an aggregate score of 2-2 in the home-and-home series, with Mexico coming from behind after trailing 2-0 from Saturday’s match in Tegucigalpa. César Huerta’s penalty kick, which he was allowed to retake twice due to early goalkeeper movement, sealed the victory. In another compelling qualifier, Jamaica overcame a 2-1 home loss in the first leg against Canada to win 3-2 in Toronto, securing their place ...

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Argentina secures a 1-0 victory against Brazil in World Cup qualifying following a delayed start due to crowd violence.

Argentina secures a 1-0 victory against Brazil in World Cup qualifying following a delayed start due to crowd violence.

In Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium on Tuesday, fans gathered with anticipation to witness what was likely Lionel Messi’s last match in Brazil, a superclasico in World Cup qualifying against the hosts. However, the focus shifted from Messi’s potential brilliance to Nicolás Otamendi, who scored the sole goal in Argentina’s 1-0 victory after a fan brawl had initially delayed the game. This victory marked a historic moment as the World Cup champions handed Brazil its first-ever home defeat in World Cup qualifying, further adding to Brazil’s woes with their third consecutive loss in the round-robin tournament under new coach Fernando ...

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Kick-off of Argentina-Brazil World Cup qualifying match delayed by 27 minutes due to fan clashes in the stands.

Kick-off of Argentina-Brazil World Cup qualifying match delayed by 27 minutes due to fan clashes in the stands.

In Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium on Tuesday night, the commencement of the South American World Cup qualifying match between Argentina and Brazil faced a 27-minute delay due to a brawl erupting among fans. Policemen at the scene intervened using batons to disperse clashes between supporters of both teams. The confrontations resulted in parts of seats being thrown, hitting some spectators behind one of the goals. One fan left the stadium with a head injury, bleeding. In response to the turmoil, Argentina players urged calm among the spectators before seeking refuge in the dressing room. Goalkeeper Dibu Martinez personally approached ...

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Brazil versus Argentina Starting time, team updates, and all essential details for your information.

Brazil versus Argentina Starting time, team updates, and all essential details for your information.

In a highly anticipated showdown, Brazil welcomes the reigning world champions, Argentina, to the iconic Maracana, marking their first encounter since the last year’s World Cup. Lionel Messi and his triumphant Argentine squad head to Rio with the coveted bragging rights from their recent World Cup victory in Qatar, adding to their previous conquests in the Copa America against Brazil and a significant win at the Maracana the preceding year. While Argentina revels in their historic success, Brazil finds itself under mounting pressure, striving to secure a spot in the 2026 World Cup. The Selecao has faced setbacks in their ...

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Watch India vs Qatar FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers Live Streaming and Telecast Details

Watch India vs Qatar FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers Live: Streaming and Telecast Details

India vs Qatar FIFA World Cup 2026 Live Stream: India’s Men’s Football Team Set for Second Round Qualifier Clash against Qatar India vs Qatar FIFA World Cup 2026: The India men’s football team is gearing up to face Qatar in their upcoming second-round Qualifier match on Tuesday, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. India, buoyed by their recent 1-0 away victory against Kuwait on November 16, aims to challenge Qatar, who are expected to be the favorites. India surprised many by holding Qatar to a goalless draw in their 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Doha, despite facing relentless attacks. When is the India ...

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FIFA WC 2026: Iran Dominates Hong Kong 4-0, Late Goals Sting Depleted Visitors

FIFA WC 2026: Iran Dominates Hong Kong 4-0, Late Goals Sting Depleted Visitors

In their World Cup opener, Hong Kong faced a tough 4-0 defeat against Iran, whose late goals embellished a match where Jorn Andersen’s resilient team frustrated the dominant home side for extended periods. Despite Sardar Azmoun’s quick brace putting Hong Kong at a disadvantage within 15 minutes, Andersen’s depleted squad held their ground. However, Iran, with a relaxed defense, sealed a comfortable win. The hosts now prepare for a challenging game in Uzbekistan next week. While Iran missed several opportunities in the second half, Mehdi Taremi’s goal in the 87th minute and Ramin Rezaeian’s stoppage-time strike secured an emphatic 4-0 ...

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Unearthed Potential Arsene Wenger Sees Indian Football's Golden Opportunity

Unearthed Potential: Arsene Wenger Sees Indian Football’s Golden Opportunity

Renowned Football Figure Arsene Wenger Collaborates with AIFF and FIFA for India’s Football Future Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, engaged in productive talks at Football House, meeting heads of national academies. Discussions with AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey and Acting Secretary General Satyanarayan M centered on launching the AIFF-FIFA Academy for youth development in India. Wenger’s FIFA Talent Development Scheme team is in India for a three-day visit, culminating in inaugurating the AIFF-FIFA Academy in Bhubaneswar on November 21, 2023, marking Wenger’s maiden visit to the country. AIFF President expressed gratitude, acknowledging Wenger’s invaluable football expertise, hoping for ...

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England Stifled in Disappointing Draw in Final Euro Qualifier

England Stifled in Disappointing Draw in Final Euro Qualifier

England Secures Top Seeding for Euro 2024 Despite Draw in Skopje Although already qualified, England’s quest for a top seeding at Euro 2024 was confirmed in Skopje, maintaining consistency following their recent lackluster performance against Malta in a 2-0 win. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Southgate noted, “In both matches, we’ve assessed different players while aiming for victory. It’s an advantage for us to learn from these games ahead of March.” Controversy arose when debutant Rico Lewis conceded a penalty at the end of the first half, allowing North Macedonia’s Enis Bardhi to capitalize after England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford ...

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Benjamin Mendy's Lawsuit Against Man City for Unpaid

Benjamin Mendy’s Lawsuit Against Man City for Unpaid

Mendy’s Employment Tribunal Claim Cites ‘Unauthorized Wage Deductions’ Amid Rape Charges; Acquitted in 2021 Benjamin Mendy Initiates Multi-Million-Pound Claim Against Manchester City Over Unpaid Wages Former Manchester City defender, 29-year-old Benjamin Mendy, has recently lodged a significant claim with the Employment Tribunal. Mendy alleges ‘unauthorized wage deductions’ following his 2021 charges of rape and sexual assault. In July, Mendy was acquitted of all charges in a retrial at Chester Crown Court. Earlier, he had been found not guilty on some counts, but a retrial was initiated due to the jury’s inability to reach a verdict on two charges. The claim ...

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Italy Clinches Euro 2024 Spot vs Ukraine, Advances as Group C Runner-Up, Chasing Reigning Champs England

Italy Clinches Euro 2024 Spot vs Ukraine, Advances as Group C Runner-Up, Chasing Reigning Champs England

Italy Secures Euro 2024 Spot Despite Ukraine Challenge In a pivotal clash, Italy needed just to avoid defeat against Ukraine, their previous encounter’s 2-1 win giving them an edge, to secure their place in next summer’s finals. The high-stakes match in Leverkusen, Germany concluded in a goalless draw, ensuring the Azzurri’s qualification. Although Ukraine, in third place, now pins their hopes on the March playoffs, the passionate support amid the ongoing conflict fueled their determination. Despite appeals for a stoppage-time penalty, dismissed after Mykhailo Mudryk’s challenge from Bryan Cristante, Italy held on. The Italian side, guided by Luciano Spalletti, ensured ...