World Cup 2018: Was referee wrong in VAR decision at NigeriaVs Argentina match?
Nigeria had clawed their way back into the World Cup Group D match thanks to a Victor Moses penalty after Lionel Messi had opened the scoring.
However, the African side thought they were deserving of a second penalty when Marcos Rojo headed the ball onto his own arm.
The referee did not blow his whistle and moment’s later Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo wasted a glorious opportunity to score from 14 yards out.
And once his shot flew wide he immediately appealed for a penalty.
Ref Cuneyt Cakir refused to give a spot kick immediately and went to VAR, who then called him over to the off-pitch TV screen.
Referee Cakir with both sides heading to VAR for a penalty against Argentina last night
And after some moments of deliberation Cakir gave a goal kick.
Nigeria were furious but Cakir evidently believed Rojo’s handball was not intentional.
But the decision has already caused controversy, with Iran earning a penalty off a handball by Portugal’s Cedric Soares last night
Nigeria pleased for the referee to consult VAR, only for him to reject the penalty claims anyway
Iran scored their spot-kick to earn an unlikely draw against Portugal, even though plenty thought Soares was unlucky to be penalised.
So, should Nigeria have been awarded a penalty?
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