Tottenham benefit hugely from tightest VAR call in Premier League this season as Sheffield United have goal ruled out for offside

9 Nov

There surely couldn’t be a closer offside call than Roberto Firmino’s armpit? Think again.

The Liverpool forward was denied a goal during their visit to Aston Villa last weekend as VAR ruled his armpit was ahead of the last man. Who knew one could score with their armpit?

This offside decision has been eclipsed at Tottenham
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However, there was an even closer call this weekend at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Spurs’ game at home to Sheffield United.

And it was Mauricio Pochettino’s side – the Argentine is against the new technology by the way – who hugely benefited from the decision.

Spurs took the lead thanks to Heung-min Son’s goal but David McGoldrick levelled things up, or so he thought…

As is protocol, the crew at Stockley Park in London checked the goal just to make sure it should be given.

McGoldrick celebrated a bit too soon…
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McGoldrick was not offside at any point in the move but there were question marks surrounding John Lundstram’s position, who put in a cross from the right earlier on.

And after what seemed like an eternity, the goal was disallowed with Lundstram’s toe ruled to be offside.

Below you can see the replay to see just how tight the decision was.


You could have forgiven Chris Wilder’s side for thinking it just wasn’t going to be their day.

However, they responded well and scored on 78 minutes when George Baldock’s cross from the right found its way into the net after taking a slight nick off Eric Dier.

And guess what? VAR had a look at that one and it nearly wasn’t given.

There was an issue surrounding Chris Basham’s position as he made an effort to get on the end of Baldock’s ball.

But the visitors were able to celebrate this time as the goal was given and the game finished 1-1.


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