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VAR: Very Amazing Reactions because of the Video Assistant Referee

The introduction of VAR has brought a whole new level of heartbreak to football
Here's Pep Guardiola and his colleagues celebrating a memorable historic last-minute goal to send Manchester City through to the Champions League semi-finals.... but hang on...
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Oh no. It's been ruled out after a review by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Utter heartbreak for City's coaches, players and fans.
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The view on the pitch was pretty similar... here's Raheem Sterling exploding with joy after his hat-trick goal seemed to have sent his side through to face Ajax.
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But no... he looks a bit like he cannot really believe what has just happened.
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It's not just in the Champions League. Here's Alvaro Morata celebrating a goal for Atletico Madrid against cross-city rivals Real Madrid, who were also his old club. So, a goal in the local derby against your old side. You'd be pretty happy.
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It looks like he doesn't want to hear what the referee is saying. The goal was ruled out, Atleti went on to lose 3-1.
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Saeid Ezatolahi thought he had scored for Iran against Spain during last year's World Cup in Russia. The goal kept Iran's hopes alive of sneaking into the knock-out rounds... I think you know where we're going here....
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Yes -until it was ruled out for offside. There are more than 80 million people in Iran and they probably all looked as gutted as Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun does here.
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Riccardo Saponara thought he'd scored a goal for Sampdoria against Italian giants Juventus, and look how happy the fans are! Good times!
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But no. It was the THIRD VAR decision in the game, and it really, really, REALLY ruined Riccardo Saponara's day.
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Yeeessss... Get in!! Mata scores against Huddersfield! Er...
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Nooooooooo! Juan Mata has to laugh in disbelief as his goal is been taken away by referee Kevin Friend. He said afterwards, "I did think I had a goal. I celebrated. The important thing is that it didn't really matter because we won anyway, but it's the first time I meet Mr VAR."
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