CONMEBOL Libertadores: The VAR and controversies in Palmeiras vs River; the annulled goal to Gonzalo Montiel and the penalty to Matías Suárez


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CONMEBOL Libertadores: The VAR and controversies in Palmeiras vs River;  the annulled goal to Gonzalo Montiel and the penalty to Matías Suárez

Gonzalo Montiel had scored 3-0 for River Plate, in the second leg of the CONMEBOL Libertadores semifinals played in the Allianz Parque Stadium, before Palmeiras, but while Marcelo gallardo the Uruguayan referee celebrated Esteban Ostojich annulled it at the request of the VAR.

The Doll’s team matched the series 3-3, after falling 3-0 in the first leg, and the winger celebrated with his teammates. It was there when the judge entered into communication with the Colombian Nicolas Gallo to analyze the play that ended in a goal.

Several minutes passed until the image showed that it was not Montiel who was offside, but Rafael Borré at the start of the play the one who was out of play.

Then another controversy happened that night when the referee had charged a penalty from Alan Empereur to Matías Suárez, but again the VAR he analyzed the play and finally backed down, unleashing the fury of all River Plate that was with one less for the expulsion of Robert Rojas.

To add more drama and suspense at the end of the game, Ostojich reviewed an action where it seemed that there was a penalty for Gallardo’s team, but finally an offside was visualized when the ball started. So River won 2-0 but was left out by a 3-2 aggregate.


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