Philippe Coutinho, second right, is embraced by teammate Neymar, right, after he scored his team's first goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018

Costa Rica Head Coach Ramirez: VAR Used 'Without Need' at FIFA World Cup

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ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) - Costa Rica head coach Oscar Ramirez said on Friday that the video assistant referee (VAR) system was sometimes used "without need" at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

"VAR is an interesting thing. A couple of days ago I said that it disrupted the dynamics of the game. We pay too much attention to it. The referee made a decision in our favor today, but we need to test this system in games and check how it will affect the game's pace. An important decision was made today, but there were cases in the previous matches when VAR was used without need," Ramirez told journalists.

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers reversed his decision to award a penalty to Brazil for an apparent foul on Neymar in the 78th minute after consulting VAR, before Costa Rica conceded two stoppage-time goals and were knocked out of the tournament.

The system has also helped Australia during their game against Denmark: they drew 1-1 due to a decisive penalty was awarded because of it.

READ MORE: VAR Penalty Helps Australia Hold Denmark to 1-1 Draw at FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.

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