England supporters were left chanting ‘f*** VAR’ in their Nations League third-place play-off against Switzerland after a late goal in normal time from Callum Wilson was ruled out for offside.
The Bournemouth striker was quickest to react when Dele Alli’s header cannoned off the bar.
Wilson wheeled off in celebration but referee Ovidiu Hategan soon called for a review of the goal after it appeared he had fouled a Swiss player in the build-up to his finish.
Replays showed that Wilson did make contact with Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji as the initial ball was delivered but the decision remained frustrating for the Three Lions. It is the second time in four days that they have seen potential winning goal ruled out by VAR.
There were six minutes remaining when Wilson found the back of the net but the decision left the travelling supporters furious as they were heard chanting ‘f*** VAR.’
England eventually emerged as victors on the day as they ran out 6-5 winners following a penalty shootout which saw goalkeeper Jordan Pickford become the hero after scoring and saving to secure a bronze medal.
Harry Maguire, Ross Barkley, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Pickford and Eric Dier stepped up in the pressure situation at the end with the two sides unable to be separated after 120 minutes.
In the semi-final against Holland on Thursday, Jesse Lingard came off the bench to fire low into the bottom corner, making it 2-1 to Gareth Southgate’s side. But celebrations were halted when it emerged Lingard looked to be fractionally offside and the goal was ruled out.
Holland went on to win the game 3-1 and faced Portugal in the Nations League final later on Sunday, a cagey match which favored Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates 1-0 at 90 minutes.