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Ashar starts with soothing rain

Udichi organised a cultural programme on Saturday on the occasion of ‘Barsha Boron Uthshav 2019’ held at the Nazrul Mancha of Bangla Academy. Photo: Chinmoy Chakravorty

Thanks to VAR, Venezuela draw with Brazil

Thanks to VAR, Venezuela draw with Brazil

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) rode to Venezuela’s rescue once again at the Copa America on Tuesday, denying hosts Brazil two goals in a surprise 0-0 draw in Group A, Reuters writes. Brazil, who had another goal chopped off by the referee, were left to rue a series of missed chances in another sub-par performance that did little to excite the home fans.Roberto Firmino had a goal disallowed late in the first half after the referee awarded a foul against the hosts, before substitute Gabriel Jesus found the net on the hour mark only for a VAR review to deem Firmino offside in the build-up. Philippe Coutinho looked to have found the winner when he netted from close range but VAR intervened again, this time for Firmino appearing to handle the ball before it dropped to Coutinho.After the game, Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel sang the praises of the technology, which has saved his side on four occasions so far. Peru were also denied two goals by VAR in their opening 0-0 draw with the Venezuelans.  “Long live VAR,” Dudamel said. “We played an almost perfect game against a team of brilliant individuals. Brazil put us to the test but the team understood what needed to be done and remembered what tactics we needed to deploy,” he told reporters. “This is a historic result for us.”Brazil lead the group on four points ahead of Peru, who beat Bolivia 3-1 earlier in the day and also have four points. Brazil meet Peru in their final group game on Saturday with both sides needing only a draw to seal their place in the quarter-finals. Vene...

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