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A kick in the face, the foul that cost Hugo Ayala an expulsion, and the lousy use of VAR

The Tigres player was sent off for a tremendous kick in Angulo's face.

A sending-off put Tigres at a disadvantage but they still won the match.
A sending-off put Tigres at a disadvantage but they still won the match.

Hugo Ayala left Tigres with 10 players on the field when he was sent off for kicking José Enrique Angulo off the field at minute 36 in an action that referee Diego Montaño did not hesitate to signal a red card and that the VAR was in charge of hindering. 

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The VAR took more than five minutes to ratify a sending-off in the Querétaro vs Tigres game. Although there seemed to be no doubt about the play in which Hugo Ayala kicked José Enrique Angulo off the field, the video referee worked in "turtle mode", even though there was no pressure from the fans as the game was played behind closed doors at La Corregidora.

How was Hugo Ayala's foul?

The defender was covering the ball so that it would leave the end line and was marked by the Queretaro player. Once out of the field, both Ayala fell and in the movement let his leg go to impact Angulo's chest and face, who immediately complained to the referee.

Immediately, referee Diego Montaño Robles showed him the red card, but the VAR asked the referee to see the play on the monitors. Between analysis and conversation with the people in the booth, more than five minutes were lost, which led to negative comments on social networks.

Querétaro vs Tigres result

Tigres UANL got the better of Querétaro on Sunday at La Corregidora stadium with a 1-0 win. Despite being down to ten men after 36 minutes due to the sending-off of Hugo Ayala, the university team managed to win in Round 13 of Liga MX thanks to a goal by Venezuelan Yeferson Soteldo (75'), who also saw red (76') after celebrating by taking off his shirt.

With this result, Miguel Herrera's team is now in first place in the table with 29 points, pending the match between Pachuca and Tijuana on Monday night. On the other hand, the Gallos Blancos are in sixteenth place with 12 points, with little chance of qualifying for the playoffs.

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