Chile boss Reinaldo Rueda says VAR takes away spontaneity

Reinaldo Rueda conceded that VAR has robbed football of the “spontaneity” factor following Chile’s victory over Colombia amid VAR drama.

Chile’s Copa America quarter-final tie was overshadowed by VAR in Brazil, with the system twice denying them a goal.

La Roja dominated Colombia right from the start and Charles Aranguiz thought he broke the deadlock before VAR ruled that Alexis Sanchez was offside in the build-up to his goal.

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal then saw VAR rule out his 70th-minute goal after firing the ball into the bottom corner. It was deemed that defender Guillermo Maripan touched the ball with his hand as it entered the box.

While the match ended 0-0, Chile still managed to book a semi-final spot following a 5-4 victory on penalties.

“We have to get used to that,” said Rueda on the VAR drama, via Marca.

“It takes away the spontaneity, then it generates frustration after singing a goal that later ends up annulling you.”

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Sanchez scored the decisive spot-kick to send Chile through after William Tesillo missed for Colombia, who had scored their first four attempts in the shoot-out.

Reflecting on Chile’s penalty success, Rueda revealed he had the players work hard on their spot-kicks in every training session.

“I realised that the penalties had to be worked on every day, it’s only valued when it’s against you,” said the 62-year-old.

“In Chile, we ended all training sessions with shots at the penalty spot.”

Chile will now meet either Uruguay or Peru in the semi-finals of the Copa America next Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Rueda’s men are on the hunt for a third successive title this summer. Ironically, they could meet Argentina in the final again after beating them in the previous two finals.

La Albiceleste defeated Venezuela 2-0 on Friday to book a semi-final clash with hosts Brazil.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 28: Players of Chile celebrate after winning during a penalty shootout after the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Colombia and Chile at Arena Corinthians on June 28, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

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