Video replay decides two goals correctly in Spain win over France

The friendly between France and Spain saw one goal ruled out and another given in what was a landmark game for video assistant referees

Video replay technology was used to great effect in Spain's 2-0 friendly win at France on Tuesday, correctly ruling out an AntoineGriezmanngoal before Spain's second effortwas allowed.

With the scores level at 0-0 justafter half-time,Griezmann headed home from a Layvin Kurzawa assist to give France a 1-0 lead.

But, after consulting with his video assistant, referee Felix Zwayer waved the goal offside due toreplays showingKurzawa had drifted behind the Spain defence ahead of his cross for the disallowed goal.

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Video referee just disallowed Griezmann's goal for off side, all sorted in under 30 seconds, pretty impressed #FRAESP #fifa #videoreferee

— Carl Recine (@carlrecine) March 28, 2017

With Spain up 1-0 in the 77th minute,Gerard Deulofeu scored for La Rojaoff a lowJordi Alba cross. The goal was initially flagged by the linesman for offside but, following a brief review, the Milan attacker's strike was correctly given.

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The match at the Stade de France was part of a video replay trial that was approved prior to the encounterby the French and Spanish associations, as well as byFIFApresidentGianni Infantino.

Referees were given four main areas to focus on for video replays: deciding on whether or not a goal should count, penalty decisions, direct red cards, and correcting the identity of a penalised player.

Replay officials were stationed in a van parked outside the stadium. Based on the outcome on Tuesday, there will very likely be more matches decided in this fashion moving forward.

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