Tottenham take narrow lead with VAR penalty

Football 8 January 2019 22:09 GMT

 Tottenham will take a slender advantage to Stamford Bridge after harry Kane’s first-half penalty in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley.

Spurs took the lead after Referee Michael Oliver awarded the 26th minute spot-kick after consulting VAR for offside and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s foul on Kane in the box.

Chelsea came close hitting the woodwork twice in the first half through N’Golo Kante’s near-post flick, and when Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga parried Callum Hudson-Odoi’s deflected cross onto the post with Andreas Christensen missing a glaring opportunity from six yards as the Blues missing a lead striker and looking light weight in the attack.

Harry Kane goal was contentious with several angles showing he was offside and the managers weren’t pleased with the application

Pochettino on Var: “I am not happy with that system. A great example is La Liga, no one is happy because it is not clear on how to use. I hope we can develop the system, the payers, coaching staff and referee. It needs to be a tool to help the game.

To talk about fair or unfair, it is a system that sometimes kills the motion. Today it was an bit of an advantage for us, but we were waiting for five minutes. It might sound crazy, but today I need to be clear I am not too unhappy. The decision we cannot stop the evolution.

Maurício Sarri on VAR: ” In Italy there is the VAR. In the first period a disaster, even in Italy it was difficult to get used to the system. Here the referees are not ready to use in the right example. Kane was clearly offside, it is not important. More important was the linesman stopped, so he had a big influence on our defenders. I think they need to study better the system. It is strange in the Premier League there is not the system, but in the Carabao Cup there is the system”.


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