The Peruvian national team lost 1-0 to Brazil in the semifinals of the Copa América, but a disputed play may have changed the course of the match. This Tuesday, CONMEBOL published the dialogues between the VAR judges and the Chilean referee Roberto Tobar to explain why the penalty was not sanctioned.
The play of the controversy happened like this. Shortly before the end of the game, when Peru dominated and was close to the draw, Sergio Peña took advantage of a rebound in the goal of the area and took a strong shot towards the goal that Ederson was guarding. In the trajectory, the ball deflected at Thiago Silva’s elbow before leaving the field. Tobar did not charge a penalty or corner and did not approach to review the play at the edge of the playing field.
The video CONMEBOL, far from clarifying the situation, adds more reasons for Peruvian anger. In the introduction to the audios with the dialogues between the referees, the video admits that the ball touches Thiago Silva’s elbow but maintains that the arm “is in a natural position” and that Brazil’s number 3 is “outside the penalty area”, although in the images it is seen on the line. “It thus constitutes a situation that cannot be reviewed by the VAR protocol,” they add.
In the images of the VAR performance, the play seems only to be reviewed from the side opposite Thiago Silva’s arm that touches the ball. “Come on, come on. There, everything clean. Good perfect. Everything clean, Roberto (Tobar). We continue ”, says the Paraguayan Derlis López, in charge of the VAR, while watching the play from that single angle. The cameras on the other side or behind the arc, where the action is clearer, do not appear in the review and their compatriots Eber Aquino, Milciades Saldivar and Ubaldo Aquino, do not raise any objection.
The controversy will continue but the result will remain immovable. Peru will play again on Friday to define 3rd place against the loser of the second semifinal, between Argentina and Colombia.