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Alisson sent off twice in Brazil’s draw with Ecuador – and saved both times by VAR | 2022 World Cup qualifiers

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Alisson was sent off and pardoned by VAR twice in Brazil’s wild and chaotic 1-1 draw against Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier.

The Liverpool goalkeeper managed to complete the game in Quito, in which two players received their marching orders in the first 20 minutes.

Casemiro put Brazil ahead in the fifth minute when he hammered in from close range after a rush on goal before the red cards started to come out. Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez was sent off for a reckless challenge before Tottenham right-back Emerson Royal was dismissed for a second yellow card following an awkward challenge.

Alisson received his first lifeline on the half hour mark when he caught Enner Valencia in the head with a high boot. The referee was sent to the pitchside monitor and downgraded the initial red card to yellow after replays showed the keeper kicked the ball in first.

Felix Torres headed Equator level with 15 minutes remaining and the hosts looked like they had a chance to win the stoppage-time tie when they were awarded a penalty after Alisson appeared to hit the one of their players in the head as he charged towards the goal. The Brazilian keeper received a second yellow card, before the decision was again overturned on the advice of VAR. For the second time in the match, the referee ruled that Alisson had played the ball first, but each time he could count himself lucky.

Five-time world champions Brazil have already qualified for this year’s final in Qatar with Argentina. Ecuador are third in the South American 10-nation standings with 24 points from 15 games, seven points ahead of Colombia and Peru, who are one game behind.

The top four automatically qualify for the World Cup while the fifth-placed team enters the playoffs with an Asian confederation team.


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