Alisson Becker became the first football player in history on Thursday night to be sent off twice in the same match but at the same time, he ended up playing the full 90 minutes. Modern football, through the advent of Video Assistant Referee technology, allowed Quito to see a few surreal scenes until not so long ago.
In the 1-1 draw between Ecuador and Brazil, a qualifying match for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the Liverpool goalkeeper was undoubtedly the main hero. In the 26th minute he came out of his area to clear the ball and when he raised his leg he hit Inner Valencia in the head. Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan showed him red, but after reviewing the play using VAR technology, he decided to pull it off and leave it yellow because he considered it was not violent.
I’m happy because of the VAR, which ended with an affirmation that I was always on the ball.”
The second controversial move came in the final stages of the match. Another exit from Alisson to the limit with his fists ended in a collision with the head of another Ecuadorean player. The referee did not hesitate: he indicated a penalty and showed him the second yellow card. However, he consulted the procedure again and admitted to making a mistake, so he returned the Brazilian goalkeeper, who thanked him for his decision and good use of video refereeing.
“Yes, the referee authorized the ‘expulsion’, but then he saw the VAR, which is very important for the referee to realize that the proceedings were not for expulsion,” Allison told the press. “It’s the first time this has happened to me, it was the referee’s decision to send me off, but I’m happy because of the VAR, who ended up validating that I always went to the ball, without wanting to make a mistake.” added.
Most importantly, the Ecuadorean coach, Gustavo Alvaro, had mixed feelings about the way his team gave their hearts on the pitch, as well as the impact of VAR on developing the match, which removed the essence of football for him. “If Ecuador played as it did today against Brazil, and gave their hearts, it is because they gave some advantages to being in their place, but today we were shocked by the development of the match, because of the strangeness, because of the accuracy of the game. The VAR removes the essence of football.”
About the match, the madridista faced Casemiro, a goal scorer Canarinha, Vinicius and Blaugrana Dani Alves, who replaced fellow Barcelona player Philippe Coutinho (on loan to Aston Villa) after half an hour of playing due to injury. Another passing right-back was the start for the Catalan club as Emerson Royal, before Alves.
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Brazil leads the South American group with 36 points, four points behind Argentina. the eggsWithout Leo Messi, he beat Chile away (1-3) and Uruguay, led by Ronald Araujo, moved to the positions that allow access to the World Cup after beating Paraguay (0-1) with Luis Suarez’s goal.
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