The play that sparked the controversy in the match between Independiente and Vélez
43 minutes into the second half were running at the Libertadores de América-Ricardo Bochini stadium and Carlos Tevez’s debut as Independiente’s coach was heading towards a draw against Vélez. Until Matías Giménez fought for a ball and scored it towards Martín Cauteruccio, who dominated from behind, tried to turn to accommodate time against Lautaro Gianetti and fell. The ball drifted again to Giménez, from San Juan, who was also lying down after disputing the ball with Valentín Gómez. Immediately, the referee Fernando Rapallini penalized an offense against the former San Lorenzo striker outside the area, pending the indication of the VAR. And he ended up sanctioning a penalty, in an error that gave definitive figures to the match, because the aforementioned Giménez changed for a goal.
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The VAR endorsed the judge’s perception of infringement, but added that it was on the line. For this reason, Rapallini, who had already marked the position for the barrier with the spray on the free kick, rectified himself and took the penalty amid the widespread protests of the visit. In fact, the transmission stated that Sebastián Méndez, DT of Fortín, even kicked a microphone out of impotence.
Why was there no fault? It is a normal game dispute: it turns and falls into a contact without fault identity, it falls. The referee’s failure, one of the two World Cup players in Qatar 2022 along with Facundo Tello, was decisive, just in a match with a lot at stake, since both are engaged in the battle for permanence through the accumulated annual table.
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With the win, Independiente reached the 31-point line, one more than Vélez. With Arsenal last, but also bottom of the list of averages, who would be losing the category is Huracán, who adds 28 units. A sample of how tight the fight is, with 12 dates to be played.
With the victory, Tevez, who took over after Ricardo Zielinski left the Devil’s bench, took a first step to try to get Red out of this bad moment. His only experience as his DT had been in Rosario Central. “We all got Independiente together. Not just the big ones; the boys must also take responsibility for the situation and grow up fast. They are all on top of the boat, ”he said after beating Vélez. The first joy came with controversy.
Independent 2 – Velez 1