Amrabat: VAR doesn't work if you do not use it

Morocco is out of the World Cup and Nordin Amrabat believes that is partly down to the referee's unwillingness to use VAR.

Nordin Amrabat is consoled by Pepe after Morocco's loss to Portgual   -  Getty Images

Nordin Amrabat slammed the lack of use of VAR in Morocco's 1-0 defeat to Portugal, which saw it knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage.

Morocco fell behind in the fourth minute to a diving Cristiano Ronaldo header, which saw him overtake Ferenc Puskas as the record European international goalscorer, but was on top for much of the contest thereafter.

The Atlas Lions wasted numerous chances to level, and saw two first-half penalty claims rejected by referee Mark Geiger, with VAR not used, much to the dismay of coach Herve Renard.

Morocco has now lost two games without scoring a goal and will head home regardless of how it does against Spain, but Amrabat, who played despite suffering a head injury in the opening loss to Iran, felt aggrieved by the second successive defeat.

"I think we deserved a lot more. We deserved to win. We had five, six big chances, they created nothing," Amrabat said post-match.

"They were only defending. Even Cristiano was in their own half. They speak about the VAR but if you don't use it every time then it doesn't work."

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