Women's World Cup

Anyone watching the women's world cup.

Just saw France beat Nigeria but they were lucky since they got to take a penalty a second time because the goalkeeper moved a fraction early.

Goalkeepers moving early are not often penalized and the World Cup is in France and the score was 0-0 when France missed the penalty so to some it might seem suspicious that they got a second chance with the penalty.

But, to be fair, they now use video review. So as long as they are consistent with reviewing goalkeepers, fair enough.

Sad thing for Nigeria is that the goalkeeper moving early had nothing to do with the penalty miss since the penalty taker hit the post.

"Goalkeepers moving early are not often penalized and the World Cup is in France and the score was 0-0 when France missed the penalty so to some it might seem suspicious that they got a second chance with the penalty."

hmmm---V.A.R.

"with another assist from the review officials stationed back in Paris."

I hope the V.A.R. officials are from Switzerland, a neutral country. Seriously though, the video review system promotes more certainty and fairness for all concerned.

On the second penalty, the French players entered the penalty box before the kick was taken.

Technically the second penalty should have been taken again.

Of course, the realistic reason not to take the second penalty again is that the French players got no advantage by entering the box early. That would only be the case if there was a rebound.

So for the first penalty, which went wide rather than being saved, it could be argued that there was no benefit in moving a fraction early. I can imagine that in some cases a goalkeeper moving would be enough to cause a last fraction of a second adjustment but this doesn't seem to be the case on the first penalty.

It seems that while all rules are equal, some rules are more equal than others.

Controversy has always been part of the game. VAR is helping to reduce that but it has also created some new controversies which in a strange way has actually added a new type of drama to the game.