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Nobody can understand why Brazil weren’t given a clear penalty after VAR reviewed it

Neymar and co were left furious after Vincent Kompany's tackle in the box

It was one of the clearest penalties of the World Cup.

VAR has mostly won over those who first doubted it, however it’s still prone to the odd bizarre moment.

We were treated to yet another one of these in the quarter-final between Brazil and Belgium.

Brazil were denied the very definition of a ‘stonewall’ penalty, when Gabriel Jesus was brought down by Vincent Kompany in the box.

Nowhere near the ball

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Nowhere near the ball

The Man City man completely missed the ball after his club teammate had jinxed his way into the box.

After the incident, the ball went out for goal-kick which Belgium were keen to take quickly, to ensure that play restarted before VAR could look at the incident.

The referee Milorad Mazic paused proceedings however as VAR checked the incident, with everyone expecting him to check the replays.

Neymar was furious at the decision

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Neymar was furious at the decision

After a quick consultation through his earpiece, Mazic waved play on to the bemusement of the Brazilian players and relief of Kompany.

The replays showed that Kompany’s studs up challenge was a clear foul and should have been given as penalty.

Nobody has any idea why it wasn’t given…

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