What VAR gives, VAR can take away. In Friday's Copa America-opening victory against Bolivia, Brazil's breakthrough came when a new handball ruling gave them a penalty, which Philippe Coutinho converted. Four days later against Venezuela, they had the ball in the back of the net three times, but none of them counted. One was ruled out for a foul, the other two for offside after lengthy consultation with the video evidence.
Three disallowed goals might make it seem as if Brazil were always knocking...
Copa America hosts Brazil had three goals ruled out and missed a series of chances as they were held 0-0 by Group A rivals Venezuela on Tuesday.
Roberto Firmino had a goal chalked off late in the first half after the referee awarded a foul against the hosts, before substitute Gabriel Jesus found the net on the hour mark only for a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review to deem Firmino offside in the build-up.
Philippe Coutinho looked to have finally found the winner when he netted from close range...
Brazil midfielder Andressa Alves will be out of the rest of the Women's World Cup after suffering a left hamstring injury during training on Monday.
Brazil plays Italy on Tuesday in the last round of Group C, looking for a spot in the round-of-16.
The Brazilian Football Confederation said that the Barcelona player "left the training with sharp pain in the left hamstring area". An MRI confirmed the muscle injury.
Alves took to Instagram to confirm the severity of the injury.
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