‘We’ve had two points taken away from us’:

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is enraged by the ‘comical’ VAR decision after Wales’ 87th-minute equalizer… and has demanded an explanation after it was initially ruled offside.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez
  • Wales held Belgium to a 1-1 draw thanks to a late equaliser in the 87th minute.
  • Brennan Johnson, 21, scored his first international goal for Wales after coming off the bench.
  • Six minutes after halftime, Belgium’s Youri Tielemans scored the game’s first goal.
  • Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was furious at the VAR decision for the equaliser

Roberto Martinez, the furious Belgium manager, worries that ‘comical’ VAR will spoil the World Cup and blames the system for costing his team victory over Wales.

Substitute Brennan Johnson’s late equalizer was initially deemed offside, but referee Benoit Bastien was instructed to award it after a lengthy break to allow replays to be reviewed. Wales had taken the lead early in the second half thanks to Youri Tielemans’ goal.

These replays were not shown on the big screen when they were being analyzed, but Martinez has since watched them and is enraged by what he saw.

Wales has avoided Italy and Portugal in the semi-finals of their World Cup qualifying play-offs after achieving second place in their group with a 1-1 draw against Belgium.