Ecuador vs. Brazil result: Referee and VAR the stars in wild World Cup qualifier that ends 1-1

Ecuador and Brazil played one of the wilder, incident-filled matches of the 2022 South American World Cup qualifying campaign. The result finished 1-1, but it was a match that featured seven yellow cards, two red cards, two other red cards that were rescinded after video review, and two Ecuador penalties that were also wiped away on review.

The draw allows Brazil to remain undefeated atop the South American qualifying table, while Ecuador tacks on another valuable point as it seeks to clinch the third automatic ticket to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. A berth for La Tri seems all but certain with a seven point lead and only three matches remaining.

The opening five minutes were a sign of what was to come with Ecuador’s Enner Valencia missing a clear look at goal and Brazil’s Casemiro finding the breakthrough just moments later after cleaning up a chaotic sequence. In a

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Suns’ Chris Paul asks referee to hit Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic with technical foul, promptly gets his wish

Chris Paul doesn’t have the best relationship with every single NBA referee, but he was definitely on the same page with the officiating crew for Friday night’s game between the Suns and Nuggets.

During the fourth quarter of Phoenix’s 116-102 win, Denver star Nikola Jokic, who had formally accepted his MVP trophy before the start of Game 3, erupted in anger after a drive to the basket against Suns center Deandre Ayton. Jokic seemed to think he had been fouled, but referee Ben Taylor watched the sequence play out and felt that Jokic simply lost control of the ball.

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“The Joker” was . . . not in a laughing mood.

Paul inserted himself into the picture and pushed for a technical foul on Jokic, the most CP3 thing he could possibly do in that moment. Taylor then quickly pulled the

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