WATCH: How Spain benefited from video technology against France

Sport360 staff 29/03/2017
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The future of the game?

New and improved video technology to aid the accuracy of officials’ decisions was out in force at the Stade de France and the latest trial of the new systems proved to be a big success.

Les Bleus star Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal in Paris shortly after half-time – and then wheeled away in celebration.

However, the striker’s celebrations were cut short when Layvin Kurzawa was shown to be in an offside position as he set up the Atletico Madrid striker.

The goal was subsequently disallowed.

Midfield maestro David Silva then converted from the penalty spot after a foul by Laurent Koscielny to put Spain one up, before the Spaniards again profited from technology as the referee reversed an offside decision that had initially ruled out Gerard’s Deulofeu 78th-minute effort.

The linesman’s flag was raised as Deulofeu tapped in Jordi Alba’s left-wing cross, but replays indicated the on-loan AC Milan winger was marginally behind Samuel Umtiti as the ball was played into the box.

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Sport360 staff 27/03/2017
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In form: Magical Messi.

While there is still a long way to go before the football season finishes, but familiar faces are ruling the roost.

Among this list of the top three goalscorers so far for both club and country this term, Lionel Messi (44), Robert Lewandowski (41) and Cristiano Ronaldo (35) lead the way.

Messi has been really instrumental in keeping Barcelona’s Champions League and La Liga title bid alive this season, but has also led his Argentina side from the front.

Ronaldo might not have had the kind of goalscoring season with Real Madrid that he normally has, but he has been bang in form for Portugal.

And Lewandowski too has been really clinical for Bayern Munich as well as for Poland.

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Sport360 staff 26/03/2017
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The Real Madrid legend scored a brace as the European Champions stayed within three points of Group B leaders Switzerland.

Ronaldo was simply in stunning form and two goals increased his international tally to 70 from 137 appearances.

Indeed, since the beginning of 2016, the 32-year-old has been simply unstoppable in the international arena.

From goals to records, Ronaldo is showing no signs of slowing down.

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