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.
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.”
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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.