Coquimbo Unido's Disallowed Goal Against Racing Sparks Handball Controversy in Copa Sudamericana

Controversial handball decision disallows Coquimbo Unido's goal against Racing in Copa Sudamericana, sparking debate and impacting both teams' chances of advancing.

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Coquimbo Unido's Disallowed Goal Against Racing Sparks Handball Controversy in Copa Sudamericana

Coquimbo Unido's Disallowed Goal Against Racing Sparks Handball Controversy in Copa Sudamericana

A controversial decision to disallow a goal by Coquimbo Unido's Andrés Chávez against Racing in the Copa Sudamericana has ignited a debate over a potential handball in the buildup to the goal. The incident occurred during a Group H match at the Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso Stadium on April 25, 2024, which Racing eventually won 2-1.

In the beginning of the second half, with Racing leading 2-1, Chávez appeared to have equalized for Coquimbo Unido with a spectacular goal. However, after a VAR review, the referee determined that Chávez had controlled the ball with his hand before scoring and disallowed the goal. The decision sparked outrage among the Chilean team and their fans, who felt the equalizer should have stood.

Replays showed the ball first touching Chávez's shoulder before a possible slight deviation off his hand. "The ball appeared to hit Chávez's chest first before his hand," noted one commentator. The disallowed goal proved to be a decisive moment in the match, as Racing held on to their 2-1 lead to secure the victory.

Earlier in the game, Racing had taken the lead through Santiago Solari in the 10th minute after a poor clearance by Coquimbo goalkeeper Diego Sánchez. Coquimbo equalized in the 43rd minute when Racing keeper Gabriel Arias mishandled a ball into the net. However, Racing regained the lead just before halftime with a penalty goal from Adrián Martínez.

Why this matters: The controversial handball decision in this high-stakes Copa Sudamericana match could have significant implications for both teams' chances of advancing to the knockout stages. It also reignites the ongoing debate over the interpretation and application of handball rules in football.

The result leaves Racing with a perfect record in the competition, putting them on the brink of qualification for the round of 16. Coquimbo Unido, meanwhile, will feel hard done by the disallowed goal that could have earned them a valuable point. "We found the partial equalizer and ended up losing 2-1," lamented a Coquimbo official. The Chilean side will now face a challenging battle to progress in the tournament.

Key Takeaways

  • Controversial handball decision disallowed Coquimbo's goal vs. Racing in Copa Sudamericana.
  • Replays showed ball hit Chávez's shoulder before possible slight deviation off his hand.
  • Disallowed goal proved decisive as Racing held on to 2-1 win, leaving Coquimbo frustrated.
  • Result puts Racing on brink of knockout stage, while Coquimbo faces uphill battle to progress.
  • Incident reignites debate over interpretation and application of handball rules in football.