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Brazil’s first use of VAR sees red card cancelled

August 3, 2018

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s first official use of video assistant refereeing ended in a cancelled red card in a Brazilian Cup quarterfinal.

Referee Anderson Daronco sent off Bahia defender Gregore after awarding a penalty to Palmeiras in their first-leg match in Salvador on Thursday.

Warned by VAR officials, Daronco reviewed the incident and changed the red card to yellow. The stoppage lasted six minutes.

Palmeiras’ Bruno Henrique missed the penalty, and the first leg ended 0-0.

VAR was also used in three other quarterfinals with no major reviews.

The Brazilian Football Confederation is using up to 16 cameras to help VAR officials.

World Cup matches in Russia counted on twice as many.

VAR will be used in all remaining matches of the Brazilian Cup.

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