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SportWomen's World Cup: Was VAR wrong to award France penalty against Norway?

11:45  13 june  2019
11:45  13 june  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Women's World Cup storylines to keep an eye on

Women's World Cup storylines to keep an eye on Summer is the time for international soccer competitions. Last year, the men had their World Cup, which France won by taking down Croatia in the finals. Speaking of France, that’s where the 2019 Women’s World Cup is being held. If you are wondering what to pay attention to in the competition, here are some storylines to follow. Will the United States repeat? The American men weren’t able to qualify for the World Cup, but their female counterparts have been a dominant force in women’s soccer for decades at this point. The United States women are the defending champs, having won the 2015 World Cup by besting Japan in the final. Only the Germans have ever been able to repeat.

The penalty was given with the help of VAR after referee Bibiana Steinhaus decided to review a coming The Laws of the Game state that a foul should be awarded if a player commits any of the following offences in a France Women ' s Football Norway Women ' s Football Women ' s World Cup .

France 2-1 Norway : Women ' s World Cup – as it happened. Read more. Norway ’s best chance fell to Engen. France took a big step towards the last 16 of the women ' s World Cup after Eugenie Le Sommer's penalty earned the tournament hosts a 2-1 victory against Norway .

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Having made it two wins from two with a 2-1 victory against Norway, France are building up a head of steam at a home World Cup which many have backed them to win.

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France beat Norway 2-1 in Nice to move clear at the top of Group A. Eugénie Le Sommer held her nerve to score a VAR - awarded penalty winner for France after Wendie Renard had potentially gifted Norway a vital point Sara Däbritz bundles Germany winner against Spain in Women ' s World Cup .

Wendie Renard’ s penalty , awarded via VAR and then retaken after VAR wiped out her miss, gave France a 100 Norway through to last 16 with two penalties against South Korea. VAR is the story - again - and Nigeria’ s World Cup hangs on that infringement by Nnadozie that meant a weak

Goals from Valerie Gauvin and Eugenie Le Sommer were enough to overturn a disastrous own goal from Wendie Renard and give Les Bleues all three points in Nice. Le Sommer's winner was not without controversy, however, given that it came from a penalty which many felt was wrongly awarded.

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The penalty was given with the help of VAR after referee Bibiana Steinhaus decided to review a coming together between Ingrid Syrstad Engen and Marion Torrent in the box. In an attempt to clear a loose ball, Engen appeared to follow through on the onrushing Torrent and catch her just above the knee with her studs.

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RENNES, France — This is the first women ’ s World Cup to use the Video Assistant Referee system, and the home team so far has been one of the big beneficiaries. After defeating Norway , 2-1, last week with a penalty kick awarded after V.A.R. review, France defeated Nigeria, 1-0

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After several viewings, Steinhaus pointed to the spot and booked Engen. Le Sommer smashed the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards in what proved to be the decisive moment of the game.

"VAR now giving softer than soft penalties," tweeted former England star Eniola Aluko. She was certainly not the only one who disagreed with Steinhaus' decision.

Controversial call

There were several arguments made against the penalty: that Torrent's momentum took her into Engen's boot, that Torrent had actually got the ball first and that, given that Steinhaus hadn't awarded a penalty initially, she should have stuck with her original decision.

Speaking at full time, BBC pundit and West Ham star Claire Rafferty said: "For me, instantly, I went for 'no penalty'. I think, potentially, yes she did follow through, but the initial jump into the challenge from Torrent was a definite sign that she couldn't really have stopped the momentum of the kick. For me, no, and the referee took a long time to make the decision as well. I think if you have that amount of doubt you should probably give the defender the benefit."

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NICE, France -- The French women ' s national team needed a bit of help from the Video Assistant Referee ( VAR ) to ensure that it maintained its perfect start to the 2019 Women ' s World Cup , as it defeated Norway 2-1 in an eventful group stage match. Following Valerie Gauvin's opening strike just

After reviewing VAR , Pitana handed France a controversial penalty . “It was a real shame to have an incident like that in the final because many will now overlook the hugely positive impact of VAR are matter of fact decisions over the course of what was a wonderful World Cup tournament.

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Fellow pundit and former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis addressed the Laws of the Game more directly, saying: "When you look at the actual letter of the law and the fact that Bibiana Steinhaus booked her, that means she's deemed it reckless which then equates to a yellow card [for] endangering a player. But if we're looking at this particular incident, Torrent comes in and jumps in two-footed. I mean, who's endangering who?"

The Laws of the Game state that a foul should be awarded if a player commits any of the following offences in a manner considered by the referee to be "careless, reckless or using excessive force":

Torrent could certainly have been pinged for jumping at an opponent, so there is a degree of ambiguity to the situation. As for whether Engen got the ball first, that's not directly relevant to the criteria for the foul: the key information is whether or not she kicked Torrent.

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Television footage shows a fairly clear connection between her boot and Torrent's lower thigh, so the answer seems to be in the affirmative. Likewise, Engen's momentum going into the challenge is not a mitigating factor so much as a guide as to whether her kick should be judged to be careless, reckless or excessive.

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While Steinhaus might, on another day, have awarded a free kick to Norway on account of Torrent jumping into the challenge, she clearly deemed Engen's follow through to be the only clear foul. Given that Torrent made no connection with Engen while Engen planted her boot studs up on Torrent's leg, it's not hard to see how Steinhaus decided she needed to award a penalty.

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Deeming Engen to be reckless as opposed to careless seems harsh, given that the two came to the ball almost simultaneously and any follow through was clearly accidental. Evidently, Steinhaus felt that the momentum behind the tackle warranted a caution.

Norway fans will certainly feel hard done by and, while the final call lies with the ref, the decision could well have gone the other way. While France now face Nigeria, Norway go up against Group A's bottom side in South Korea and will have to hope there are no more controversial penalties lying in wait.

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