Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is shown a yellow card by referee Enrique Caceres REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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VAR has grabbed center stage at the World Cup, with the system that was supposed to provide "minimum interference" instead having a major and highly controversial impact. The final games in Group B Monday were heading into injury time with Portugal on course to top their group and Spain set to finish second, when the advice of the Video Assistant Referee officials in two separate games changed everything.In Kaliningrad, Spain were awarded an equalizer to snatch a 2-2 draw against Morocco when an Iago Aspas goal was given after VAR helped Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov to reverse a mistaken offside call.There have already been 20 penalties given at this World Cup, a tournament record before the group stage has even concluded.One of the officials in the VAR team sees an incident and tells the referee, who then decides whether to review it.
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