Ger­man video re­view stum­bles on de­but

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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.

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