German video review stumbles on debut
The new German video review ran into trouble on its first serious test but despite the embarrasment officials insist it did not decide the Bayern Munich win over Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s Super Cup. The German Football Association (DFB) and German Football League (DFL) said in a joint statement that the still experimental video assistant referee system had malfunctioned during Saturday’s match at Borussia Dortmund, stoking a debate about the new technology. Bayern Munich won the game 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after regulation time ended 22. The play in question came when Christian Pulisic’s early goal for Dortmund was cancelled out by Robert Lewandowski on 18 minutes. A referee was trying to determine if Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich was offside when he made the assist. “The calibrated lines that the video assistant normally has to support offside decisions were not available in the first half due to technical problems,” they said, meaning the referee had to make the call without VAR,” the statement revealed.