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Key lessons from the World Cup

VAR is a work in progress, set pieces are the rage and fortune does favour the brave

The video assistant referee (VAR) system made its debut at the Russia World Cup and its impact was felt throughout the month-long tournament, even in the final.

France's second goal in their 4-2 win over Croatia came from a penalty that was awarded after referee Nestor Pitana consulted VAR.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2018, with the headline 'Key lessons from the World Cup'. Print Edition | Subscribe