Video Assistance Referee has been one of the major improvements in football in recent years. While it also has its lapses, Its advantages heavily outweigh its weakness. Last night, Barca would be thankful for the advent of VAR after their narrow win against Bilbao.
With Real Madrid's victory on Saturday, Barca needed a win to extend the gap between them and their fierce rival. With two VAR decisions correctly going their way, Barca are now 9 points above Real Madrid.
In the first instance, Raphinha's goal in the 46th minute was ruled out as an offside by the line man and Referee. VAR however intervened and correctly judged that the Brazilian was online. The goal gave Barca breathing space in the tough match.
Just a few minutes to the end of the game, Inaki Williams thought he had scored the equalizer after racing past the defenders. The Referee award the goal but VAR once again intervened after it was discovered that Munian handled the ball in the build up to the goal.
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