Ref and Tech Dominate as Vuck Misses Opportunity Against Shotless Nix

VAR has dominated headlines across the Premier League and Champions League. The A-League got in on the act. The 1-1 draw between Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix had lots of action. However, a series of four calls loomed large over the game. Both sides wondered if they had been mistreated by the officials, technological or otherwise. Ryan Teague opened the scoring, but Wellington were denied a penalty after Daniel Arzani clattered Bozhidar Kraev in the box. Wellington were denied again after an own goal leveled the scores. Referee Shaun Evans did signal for a penalty, but the most marginal of offsides was found in the build-up. Evans blew a penalty for Victory after the break. Despite the huge delays caused by the technology, both sides remain unbeaten and Melbourne goes top. The Phoenix have overperformed what their stats say they should. They rode their luck at the back. The Victory captain very nearly compounded his pain by fouling Pennington. In the end, both sides remain unbeaten. Victory left thinking they should have won.