Uruguay 1-0 Peru: Controversy over visitors' goal that wasn't given

Uruguay booked their place at the 2022 World Cup in the early hours of Friday morning UK time.

Their 1-0 victory at home over Peru thanks to a goal from Giorgian de Arrascaeta in first half stoppage-time was enough to secure a top four spot in CONMEBOL qualifying.

Uruguay are now four points clear of Peru in fifth-place with just one game left to play, which means that gap cannot be bridged.

The latest meeting between the two nations was certainly not controversy free, though.

In second half stoppage-time, Peru thought they had scored a dramatic late equaliser when goalkeeper Sergio Rochet looked as if he had carried the ball over the line.

The Nacional shot-stopper ended up halfway inside his own goal and to the naked eye, it appeared a rather comical blunder had been made by him.

But despite VAR being in place, the goal wasn’t given and it’s fair to say many football fans were baffled by that outcome – especially after seeing footage and still photos of the incident.

Video: Should Peru have been given a goal?

Yeah, there was serious confusion on Twitter and now you may be asking; did the ball actually cross the line?!

Well, viral footage of the divisive incident in South America has since emerged that appears to answer that question once and for all.

Check it out here…

Video: No, Peru should not have been given a goal vs Uruguay

Case closed.

It just goes to show that certain angles from television cameras can be mighty confusing when it comes to deciding whether the ball has crossed the line or not.

So no, Peru were not robbed in Uruguay and despite the fact they lost 1-0, La Blanquirroja are still the masters of their own destiny when it comes to World Cup qualification.

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If Peru beat Paraguay in their final group match next week, they will advance to the Inter-Confederation play-offs.

However, if they lose or draw and Colombia beat Venezuela away from home, the nation’s World Cup dream will be over.

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