Controversial Goal Gives Nigeria A Helping Hand In Win Over South Korea

The Women's World Cup is already putting VAR to the test.

Nigeria put on an excellent performance Wednesday against South Korea, securing a 2-0 victory and a vital three points in Group A. However, instead of talking about Nigeria’s win, everybody seems to be talking about Nigeria’s first goal, a South Korea own goal, which was marred by controversy.

The goal came when a ball was played into South Korea’s box and was mishit by South Korean defender Kim Do-yeon, deflecting off her foot and into the goal.

While the South Korean has clearly put the ball until her own net, the question is whether the ball hit the outstretched hand of Nigerian striker Desire Oparanozie before after going off of Kim Do-yeon’s foot. After a VAR review, it was ruled that there was no handball and a goal was given.

Twitter seems less sure than the refs were, with a slew of posts questioning whether the goal should've been disallowed because of the handball.

Nigeria ended up making the referee's decision a moot point in the 74th minute when 24-year-old Asisat Oshoala rounded the keeper and snuck the ball inside the post from a ridiculous angle.

This was a massive victory for Nigeria, as it keeps it competitive within the group. Meanwhile, Wednesday's results mean South Korea’s chances of moving through have all but faded away.

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