Goal or no goal? Expedito Netinho (Cianorte) v Juventude

We regularly protest over the lack of goal-line technology in football and ask why the Beautiful Game hasn’t embraced technology when the rest of the sporting world has.

On Saturday in one of the many regional leagues in Brazil’s fourth division (Serie D) in an encounter between Cianorte and Juventude, video evidence was used and we are still none the wiser as to whether the referee came to the correct decision.

Juventude had taken the lead through Rafael Adair on 51 minutes but Cianorte came back into the game and won a free-kick just outside the box on 65 minutes. The gloriously named Expedito Netinho stepped up and curled a decent free-kick what looked to be just wide of the post.

Referee Joao Lupato was immediately surrounded by Cianorte players who urged the official to check with his linesman and officials on the touchline. After consulting with the fourth official, the goal was awarded with little protest from the Juventude players.

According to reports video footage was used on the touchline with the referee given assurances that the ball had gone in. On Monday, Lupato said: “Thank God I gave the goal. It would have be an injustice not to have given the goal.”

Now, we have watched this clip a number of times and swear the ball did not actually cross the line but went wide of the post. But, all reports in Brazil have praised this decision. Have your say in our poll below.

Cianorte would go on to win the match 2-1 with a late goal from Cleiton Fernando.

Footage of the “goal or no goal” from Expedito Netinho v Juventude is here.

All the goals from Cianorte 2 – Juventude 1.

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