Poland vs Nigeria: VAR would have changed the outcome - FCNaija
Super Eagles By: Lolade Adewuyi | 25/03/2018
Nigeria’s 1-0 win against Poland on Friday has emphasized why we need technology in the world’s most popular sport. The scoreline and the hue of the game would have been very different had a 42nd-minute header by Grzegorz Krychowiak, that bounced off Leon Balogun and seemed to cross the goal line before the defender scrambled to clear it out, had been allowed to stand. Unfortunately, appeals by the Polish players were turned down by the assistant referee.But watching it on TV, one could not deny that it definitely crossed the line. It should have stood for a goal to the hosts. It denied them a good reward for their opening intensity as they missed three opportunities in the first half.They would be punished in the second half by a wily Victor Moses who made the most of the flimsiest of touches to fall flat inside the box and win a penalty. He made the goalkeeper look ordinary when he cheekily sent the ball rolling into the lower left corner of the goal to ensure that Nigeria ran away with a slim victory.Doesn’t this remind of another incident at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when Nigeria defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0?In that game, Edin Dzeko scored a clear goal that was ruled offside. If it had stood, the game would have been different and Nigeria’s fate might have hung in the balance. That victory and the one point from the draw against Iran meant Nigeria made it through to the round of 16.