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Video ref stars in France vs. Spain clash

Published 1144 GMT (1944 HKT) March 29, 2017
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Referee Felix Swayer called upon video technology twice in Spain's 2-0 win over France. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Three minutes into the second half, Antoine Griezmann thought he had put the home side ahead in Paris. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
But the video assistant referee, working from a van outside the stadium, spotted an offside in the buildup. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
So instead of France taking the lead, Swayer awarded a free-kick to Spain. Dan Mullan/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Griezmann, who plays for Spanish club Atletico Madrid, shows his frustration. It was compounded when David Silva put Spain ahead with a 68th-minute penalty. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The video referee was consulted again in the 77th minute, this time to check a Spain goal that had originally been called offside. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Swayer is told that Gerard Deulofeu's effort is valid, helping Spain secure victory at Stade de France. Dan Mullan/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images