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VAR ruling disallows goal in Ecuador-Qatar game

Well, that didn’t take lengthy.

Sunday’s opening match of the 2022 World Cup acquired off to a controversial begin when Ecuador striker Enner Valencia appeared to get an early goal in opposition to host nation Qatar, however it was then dominated offside by VAR, or the Video Assistant Referee, and disallowed.

In a graphic launched on-line, Ecuador ahead Michael Estrada was thought of offside in the build-up to the goal, per Joe Prince-Wright of NBC Sports.

Unsurprisingly, the ruling precipitated an uproar on Twitter moments later.

“Yes, that is not offside. 5 minutes into the World Cup, are you kidding?” one user wrote, whereas another tweeted, “I mean the global pictures don’t even show the offside…VAR.”

Per FIFA’s Laws of the Game, a “player is in an offside position if he (any part of the head, feet or body) is closer to the opponent’s goal line than the second to last defender and the ball – and he is in the opponent’s half of the field.”

Enner Valencia of Ecuador (13) scores a goal in the course of the Group A – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match between Qatar and Ecuador on Nov. 20, 2022.
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Ecuador defeated Qatar in the opening match of the 2022 World Cup, 2-0.
Ecuador defeated Qatar in the opening match of the 2022 World Cup, 2-0.
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Ecuador finally bounced again, with Valencia hitting a penalty kick 16 minutes into the match. The 33-year-old athlete scored once more a short while later to provide Ecuador a 2-0 lead.

Ecuador would go on to win the match and can face the Netherlands on Friday.

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