Mateu Lahoz made a lot of big calls, but he left it to VAR to decide the biggest moment and that is perhaps the most controversial part of Wednesday’s 2-2 draw between Portugal and France.
Three of the four goals came from the penalty spot, as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of spot-kicks and Portugal earned a date with Belgium in the Round of 16.
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France wins the group and will meet Switzerland in the next round. Germany’s 2-2 draw with Hungary means it will meet England next.
Karim Benzema scored a penalty and the match’s only goal from open play, but it will be a call Lahoz did not make that will cause consternation to the French.
A seeming stoppage-time penalty sent VAR to decide a possible match-winner, but VAR was not interested in the potential foul.
This after Lahoz awarded a penalty to Portugal for a Hugo Lloris punch on Danilo, then to France for a coming together between Nelson Semedo and Kylian Mbappe, and then to Portugal again for a late handball.
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