The premiere of the SAOT, the semi-automatic system to detect offside and which complements the work of the VAR , had generated many expectations. But now, he already has his first controversy, in a Champions League match.
Bruges, from Belgium, opened on Wednesday with victory in the first day of the Champions League by winning 1-0 at home against Bayer Leverkusen, with a goal from Ivorian Abakar Sylla.
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The Belgians They added their first points in the competition and share the leadership of Group B with Atlético de Madrid, who went ahead with their match against Porto.
An unsuccessful intervention by Bayer goalkeeper Lukás Hrádecký allowed the Belgians to take the lead in the first half, while two other mistakes by Belgian goalkeeper Simone Mignolet, on a night with lights and shadows, could have condemned the Belgians at the end of the second period.
The controversy with SAOT in the Champions League
The match lived five crazy minutes, the worst of a Mignolet until then very safe, when Patrick Schick headed into the Brugge net a pumped free kick in the 72nd and again in the 77th when Schick hit the target again with a shot that also compromised the goalkeeper.
The two goals were annulled for offside, the first after a verification with the VAR for Jonathan Tah being in an offside position and participating in the action, and the second, more clearly, immediately.
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That first goal was marked by controversy, as many considered the way in which the goal was annulled an exaggeration, due to an advance by millimeters.
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Ayer debutó en la UCL la nueva tecnología del VAR que detecta los offsides y que se utilizará en el mundial de Qatar 2022.
Impidió el empate transitorio del Leverkusen frente al Brujas en Bélgica.
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Mignolet had the opportunity to make up for it in the 90th minute by clearing a free kick from the edge of the box that smelled like a draw shortly before the Bosnian Irfan Peljto whistled the final whistle and gave the Belgians three points.
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