FIFA WWC: Super Falcons cheated out of tournament
Nigeria's Super Falcons have been ousted from the 2019 FIFA Women's World in an apparent unfortunate manner.
After a fair first half officiating that ended goalless, came a dramatic second period marred by poor decision.
With the Super Falcons looking determined to earn a point from the game, and host France heading for a draw, poor officiating took centre stage in the final 20 minutes.
A rather unfortunate penalty was awarded to France and Nigeria's Ebere hashly sent off for a second yellow card.
Renard stepped up to the kick and hit the side bar, losing the penalty.
However, the ref got a notification from the video assistant team of an infridgment by Nigeria goalkeeper Nnadozie, claiming she stepped out of the line before the kick was taken.
The Super Falcons goalkeeper was shown a yellow card, and Renard retook the kick, scoring the only goal on the night in the 79th minute.
Nigeria finished 3rd in the Group A, with just three points, behind host France and Norway, and could not finish as best loser.
VAR has been a major shortcoming in football matches since it's use, and has continued to cause controversies, bringing the beautiful game to disrepute.