Portugal progressed to the World Cup knockout stages after drawing with Iran in a game full of VAR controversy but once again Mark Lawrenson’s commentary on the game got people slating him on Twitter.
He was co-commentating the match in this summer’s tournament for the BBC and his name quickly started to move up the trends list on the social media site largely due to his attempts at humour and constant moaning.
Majority of his complaining was on the various stages when VAR took place.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty for Portugal and was shown a yellow card after a lengthy VAR review for a possible red card.
The Read Madrid player was bundled over with the referee originally not giving the decision.
However, the official then went to VAR and changed his mind which caused Iran’s players were livid with the decision and former Liverpool player Lawrenson wasn’t happy either.
“This is where it’s all a bit of a mess. Time had gone on quite a bit. I don’t think it’s a penalty,” Lawrenson said as the referee ran to the VAR.
“He’s not in control of the ball for me, at all.
“He’s given it!
“Ronaldo was not in control of the ball.”
Ronaldo’s penalty was then saved as Iran – who were 1-0 down at the time – kept themselves in the game.
Goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand caught the ball diving to his left.
And Lawrenson said: “Don’t you just love football, the goalkeeper can’t catch crosses but he can save penalties.”
“I don’t think he’s caught him in the face” says Mark Lawrenson, repeatedly watching a video of Ronaldo catching a player in the face.
— Sean Walsh (@SeanDZWalsh) June 25, 2018
Mark Lawrenson just said it wasn't a penalty because "his arm was still attached to his body", does he think it takes amputation to get a penalty for handball?
— Joe (@crazylegsjoe) June 25, 2018
Iran scored a late penalty, given after another video review, and could have snatched a winner in stoppage time which would have seen them through at Portugal’s expense.
I know VAR has it’s problems, but the amount it winds up Mark Lawrenson is absolutely worth having it for. #WorldCup
— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) June 25, 2018
Ricardo Quaresma put Portugal in front with a sensational goal at the end of the first half.
The late Iran penalty denied the European champions top spot in the group and means they play Uruguay in Sochi in the last 16 on Saturday, rather than Group A runners-up Russia.
Take a look at the social media reaction to Mark Lawrenson and VAR on the next page.
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