BERLIN (AP) — VAR denied Hertha Berlin a likely Bundesliga win over Freiburg when a late penalty decision was overturned in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Hertha substitute Palko Dardai, brought on just minutes earlier by his father Pal Dardai, fell in the area after a tussle with Freiburg defender Manuel Gulde in the 87th minute. That led referee Benjamin Cortus to award the spot kick.
But Cortus consulted video replays of the incident and changed his mind, angering most of the 53,716 fans at Berlin's Olympiastadion.
"That was a penalty for me," Hertha forward Salomon Kalou said.
Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier said "I don't think it was a definite penalty, but we had a bit of luck at that stage."
Hertha missed the chance to move third after eight rounds.
"We have to simply accept it," Pal Dardai said of the penalty dispute.
Ondrej Duda fired the home side into an early lead with his sixth goal of the season before Robin Koch equalized for the visitors in the 36th.
Borussia Moenchengladbach had the chance to move third with a win at home over Mainz in Sunday's late game.
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