Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal for Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday shouldn’t have stood, according to Atletico Madrid fans.
Ronaldo fired Juventus to a stunning comeback win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16, his hat-trick wiping out the Spanish club’s 2-0 lead from the first leg.
But Atleti fans are in uproar after one fan posted a video which appeared to show that his headed second goal should not have stood – because VAR had got it wrong.
Ronaldo’s header at first appeared to have been miraculously kept out by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak , but goal-line technology confirmed that the ball had crossed the line.
However, the video that has angered Atleti fans claims that the VAR verdict was wrong for three reasons – because, its says, the goal line was narrower than it should have been, the circle used to depict the ball was smaller than it should have been, and the position given for the edge of ball was actually based on where Oblak’s hand was.
The video then attempts to rectify what it claims are flaws in the system – with the result that the ball then does not totally cross the line.
Ronaldo’s second came at a crucial time, levelling the tie just after half-time in the second leg, and firing Juventus up to claim a late third with the Portguese star’s 86th-minute spot-kick.
So did it cross the line or did Oblak just about keep it out? The video below has certainly fuelled the VAR debate:
¡¡¡ESCÁNDALO!!! ¡¡El segundo gol de la Juve no entró!! La tecnología de gol de la Uefa es una estafa y aquí se demuestra. pic.twitter.com/iVTpVKwlIR
— Rey Cholo (@Cholo14Rey) 14 March 2019
King Cholo’s tweet translates as: “SCANDAL!!! The second goal of Juve did not enter !! Uefa goal technology is a scam and here it is demonstrated.”
It was far from the only VAR controversy during the latest round of Champions League games, with Manchester United’s controversial late penalty against Paris the biggest.
A similar issue emerged during Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool back in January.
John Stones cleared the ball off the line that night, but there was a school of thought that depth perception deceived the technology and the ball had crossed the line.