VAR denies Messi as Argentina are held in World Cup qualifier

VAR denies Messi as Argentina are held in World Cup qualifier

Argentina were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at home by Paraguay in a CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier match played in the early hours of Friday morning. 

Angel Romero gave Paraguay the lead from the spot in the 21st minute, but Nicolas Gonzalez equalized for the hosts in the 41st minute to ensure the match was all square going into the break. 

Lionel Messi then thought he had given his side the lead and perhaps the winner in the 58th minute, but following a VAR review, his goal was ruled out for a foul in the build-up. 

Speaking after the match, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni called for consistency in the usage of the VAR, which has time and again come under criticism.

"I think that in some way it is necessary to seek to unify the issue of the VAR," Scaloni told a news conference. "I am not talking in good or bad faith, but to unify criteria."

On the said foul in the build-up to the disallowed goal, Scoloni added;

"We are left without a player for several days or months. The knock was there and VAR didn't review it." 

The draw saw Argentina fail to make it three wins in three, but are still atop the overall standings on seven points. 

They could however drop to second if Brazil wins their Saturday match against Venezuela.

  • Argentina - Next Match
  • 3, Jun - 11:00pm
Go to Event