Amrabat slams lack of VAR after Ronaldo inflicts World Cup exit on Morocco

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The Atlas Lions are out of the tournament and the Watford winger thinks that is partly down to the referee's unwillingness to use the video assistants

Nordin Amrabat slammed the lack of use of VAR in Morocco's 1-0 defeat to Portugal, which saw them knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage.

Morocco fell behind in the fourth minute to a diving Cristiano Ronaldo header, which saw him overtake Ferenc Puskas as the record European international goalscorer, but were on top for much of the contest thereafter.

The Atlas Lions wasted numerous chances to level, and saw two first-half penalty claims rejected by referee Mark Geiger, with VAR not used, much to the dismay of coach Herve Renard.

Morocco have now lost two games without scoring a goal and will head home regardless of how they do against Spain, but Amrabat, who played despite suffering a head injury in their opening loss to Iran, felt aggrieved by the second successive defeat.

"I think we deserved a lot more. We deserved to win. We had five, six big chances, they created nothing," the Watford winger said post-match.

"They were only defending. Even Cristiano was in their own half. They speak about the VAR but if you don't use it every time then it doesn't work."

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There have been a number of game-changing incidents during the tournament thus far in which video technology has been consulted by the referee, such as Antoine Griezmann's penalty against Australia and Sweden's VAR-assisted penalty call against South Korea.

However, there have also been contentious occasions in which referees have opted not to assess the footage themselves and Amrabat is by no means not alone in his discontent.

The Brazili football federation (CBF), for example, have actually complained to FIFA over the use of VAR in their 1-1 draw against Switzerland, while Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan said that there are "a lot of grey areas" when it comes to VAR.

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