Var Rescues Lyon 3 Times In Europa Final-sixteen Win At Porto

Olympique Lyonn ais had Lucas Paqueta and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to thank after it beat Porto 1-0 in the first leg in their Europa League ultimate-sixteen tie on Wednesday.

Paqueta clashed heads with Porto defender Pepe in the first actual minute of the fit, however in spite of blood seeping through his bandage, the Brazilian playmaker stayed on the pitch to pull strings in midfield.

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Pepe did not go back for the second half of but Paqueta opened the scoring simply earlier than the hour mark while he prompt the ball into the bottom nook, with VAR overturning an offside call within the construct-up.

The referee presented a penalty to Porto for a handball with the aid of Paqueta minutes later but then changed his mind after a second study the VAR display. The handball was unintentional after the ball bounced up off the midfielder's knee earlier than putting his arm.

Lyon's Portuguese goalkeeper Anthony Lopes also made a high-quality store toward the give up of the half of to disclaim Porto, that's on pinnacle and unbeaten inside the Portuguese league this season having scored in each domestic sport up to now.

Chancel Mbemba seemed to have rescued a draw for Porto in damage time when he in the end beat Lopes to attain the equaliser but VAR stepped in once again to rule him offside.

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In the opposite early kickoff, Eintracht Frankfurt will take a one-goal lead lower back to Germany after beating Spanish side Real Betis 2-1, with all three desires coming in the first half of.

Filip Kostic gave Frankfurt the lead with a curling lob that sailed over the keeper and dipped underneath the bar earlier than Nabil Fekir equalised on the half-hour mark for his 10th purpose of the season in all competitions.

Daichi Kamada restored the lead for Frankfurt two minutes later with a cool end into an open net after high-quality work through midfielder Jesper Lindstrom, who sprinted into the field to draw out the keeper and defender before presenting the cutback.

Frankfurt nearly were given one more inside the 2d half but Betis goalkeeper Claudio Bravo denied Rafael Borre from the spot. The 2d leg for each games could be played on March 17.

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