La selección que hubiese clasificado sin el VAR

La selección que hubiese clasificado sin el VAR

If the South American Qualifiers had been played without VAR, Colombia would have qualified directly for the World Cup and Ecuador would be out of the event that will be played at the end of the year in Qatar.

This table is very direct and considers all the situations in which the appearance of the VAR changed the result of the match. This means goals disallowed, goals validated and penalties scored, after a charge reviewed by the VAR.

Without the technology, Colombia would have finished in fourth place with 24 points, the same as Peru, but with a better goal difference: 3 against -3.

The team most underprivileged by VAR in the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers

Chile was the most underprivileged team with the VAR, in the Qatar 2022 South American Qualifiers. Without video arbitration, La Roja would have finished with four more points in the table (23), but would still have been left out of the playoffs.

Against Uruguay, the locals score a penalty goal by Luis Suárez granted by the VAR (1-2 and -1) and also the VAR does not intervene in the hand of Sebastián Coates against the center of Víctor Dávilaalthough this is not considered in the table.

Against Argentina in Santiago del Estero, Lionel Messi scores with a penalty-VAR (1-1 and -2) and the same happens against Bolivia in San Carlos (1-1 and -2). The only ‘advantage’ that La Roja took was the penalty scored by Arturo Vidal against Colombia (2-2 and +1).

And that the Red was the protagonist of the only one of the 89 games that did not have the VAR: in the 3-2 victory against Bolivia in La Paz the technology failed. Let us remember that the Brazil-Argentina of the first round was suspended.

The table without VAR of the Qualifying Qatar 2022

The incredible thing is that Ecuador, without the VAR, would not have qualified for Qatar 2022. If we consider that the VAR did justice, the selection of Gustavo Alfaro It owes him a lot, since it would have four points less and would even have been below Chile, with 22 points.


Ecuador added +2 against Bolivia in La Paz (2-1, goal by Carlos Gruezo), +1 against Colombia as a visitor (0-0, Yerry Mina’s goal disallowed) and +1 against Argentina (1-1, goal by Enner Valencia, on the rebound of the penalty charged by VAR).

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