World Cup: Neymar Robbed Of Super Soft Penalty After VAR Finally Used For Power Of Good During Brazil-Costa Rica (Video)

Chris Wright

22nd, June 2018


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VAR was finally implemented to catch out a diver at the World Cup today, specifically during Brazil’s Group E match against Costa Rica.

No prizes for guessing that Neymar was at the centre of the feeble penalty call in question, with the forward conning a spot-kick by simply screaming and sitting down in the penalty area (but only after striking a dramatic ‘Christ the Redeemer’ pose).

Initially, Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers adjudged that Giancarlo Gonzalez’s minor grab at Neymar’s shirt as the two players brushed past one another was substantial enough to warrant a penalty.

However, a review was called for and sure enough, Kuipers overturned his decision after seeing it again on the pitchside screen – thus robbing Neymar of his ill-gotten gains…

Excellent stuff. Couldn’t have happened to a bigger pipsqueak.

After spending 90 minutes going round in circles, Brazil finally got their backsides in gear beyond the 90-minute mark, when a goal apiece from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar saw them snatch a barely-deserved 2-0 victory.

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  1. rob says:

    But no yellow? Have refs been told not to give yellows to divers as they just seem to be telling them to get up; someone like Neymar wont stop diving until the cards come out.

  2. Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    Well done VAR. Congratulations to Bjorn Kuipers.

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