Gary Lineker blasts ‘ridiculous’ VAR after late Tottenham goal denied

Conte says Tottenham need to continue to work

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Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker has bemoaned VAR’s “ridiculous” decision to disallow Harry Kane’s late winning goal in Spurs’ Champions League 1-1 draw with Sporting Lisbon. The England captain thought he had sent his side through to the knock-out stages with a late strike, but it was ruled out due to offside.

Lineker took to Twitter to react to the decision. “Ridiculous,” the BBC host wrote. “I hate the way VAR is being used.” The decision bemused the players, fans and Spurs boss Antonio Conte, who was shown a red card after his furious reaction to the offside call.

While defender Eric Dier could not hide his disbelief at the officials’ ruling as he marched over to the referee after the full-time whistle. The official was explaining that the goal was offside while the England man replied: “But why? But why? The ball went backwards.”

Tottenham went behind in the first half as former Spurs youngster Marcus Edwards gave the visitors the lead as he beat Hugo Lloris from a strike from outside the box. Rodrigo Bentancur equalised for the hosts as he nodded home from a corner to set up a grandstand finish.

Wing-back Matt Doherty claimed that he and his team-mates will be looking at the game’s rulebook later in the evening. “”I think you can see from the celebrations we thought we won it. Pfffft. I don’t really know what happened at the end,” Doherty told BT Sport.

“I thought because it went backwards and hit a defender it was a different phase of play. I’ll have to look at the rule book. A few of us don’t have a clue what happened. If we’re being honest we didn’t play that well. They nullified us in the first half and deserved to be ahead. We’re top of the group. It’s not how we wanted the night to go but it’s still in our hands.”

The result means that in Spurs’ group it is all to play for on the final day, with Conte’s side top but only two points ahead of the group’s bottom team Marseille, and they travel to the French side needing to get a result to advance to the knock-out stages.

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