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VAR shows up again at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is how Germany benefited from it

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VAR (video assistant referee) was once again front and center at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

This time, it played a role in two of Germany’s three goals in a 3-0 victory against Nigeria in a Round of 16 match held in Grenoble, France.

VAR came into play twice in the first half.

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First, Germany received a corner and captain Alexandra Popp scored a goal off a header. However, VAR was consulted to determine if a German player standing in an offsides position in front of Nigeria’s goal hindered Nigeria keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie’s line of vision.

The 20th minute goal stood.

Minutes later, VAR was consulted again following a clearance attempt in the penalty area that led to a German injury. The clearance was whiffed as Nigeria’s Evelyn Nwabuoku struck Germany’s Lina Magull in the knee instead of clean contact on the ball.

The result was a VAR check and a penalty awarded to Germany, which Sara Daebritz buried in the 27th minute.

VAR has garnered its share of controversy at this World Cup, with a couple missed penalties being retaken due to the keeper coming off its line as well as other borderline decisions.

One of those retaken penalties went against Nigeria during group play against tournament host France.

Lea Schueller scored on a Nigeria turnover in the 82nd minute to round out the scoring.

Germany advances to the quarterfinals against the winner of Sweden-Canada next week.

Sports reporter Jason has covered high school, college and pro sports since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010. He’s won Florida Press Club awards for sports feature and column writing. He currently writes college and pro sports stories for the McClatchy East Region real-time team.
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