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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— 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.
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.
— ilf (@ucheguccigoo) March 28, 2017
Video refs proving in one game how pointless all those debates against it were. Two wrong decisions corrected, 10 seconds for each. #FRAESP
— Andreas Vou (@AndreasVou89) March 28, 2017
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.