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By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Andersen and Hjulmand slam "crazy" VAR decisions in Denmark's loss to Germany

Joachim Andersen and Kasper Hjulmand have hit out at the VAR decisions that went against Denmark in their last-16 defeat to Germany.


In the space of a few minutes, Denmark centre-back Joachim Andersen had two VAR decisions against him in his side's 2-0 loss to Germany in the last 16 of Euro 2024 on Saturday.

First, Andersen had a goal ruled out after a VAR review when Thomas Delaney was adjudged to be in an offside position in the build-up.

And VAR was back in the spotlight moments later when Germany were awarded a penalty after David Raum's cross struck Andersen's hand at the other end of the pitch.

Speaking to Danish broadcaster TV 2 after the game, Andersen slammed the penalty decision, saying:

"It was crazy and not a penalty at all. I can't run around with my arms behind my back and play football. He's half a metre away from me and hits the ball on my hand, so I can't see what I could do to prevent it.

“The offside call is also difficult to see. It's so minimal that you really have to look for it. But the handball call is the craziest I've ever seen.”

"Marginals decided the game. If our goal had been allowed, I'm convinced we would have won the game."

The Danish coach, Kasper Hjulmand, spoke in the same vein as Andersen.

“I think it's ridiculous. You're actively looking for a centimetre to deny a goal,” he said on Denmark's disallowed goal.

"I am so tired of the handball rules. Joachim is running and the ball is kicked into his hand from a metre away. Those minutes are crucial. Germany played well, but I think it's ridiculous.

“I would hate it if all the defenders had to run around with their arms behind their backs. His hands are not in an unnatural position because you can't run without using your arms. That's when it gets ridiculous. It hurts when it's as decisive as it was here.”

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