Monday’s match between France and Nigeria at the Rennes has been said to be the most heightened drama in the tournament so far. France were awarded a spot-kick - after a video assistant review -in the 75th minute when Ngozi Ebere fouled Viviane Asseyi in the box.
Centre-back Renard stepped up to take it and missed hitting the outside of the right post. However VAR intervened, judging 18-year-old Super Falcons keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie to have moved off her line early. Renard stepped up again scoring the goal that secured France the victory.
Unfortunately, it sparked confusion and bemusement on social media. Some fans even described it as daylight robbery. This outcome agitated some fans who believed that the call was shady.
The football law changes came into effect on 1 June, with one of them saying this: “The goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on/in line with the goal line when the kick is taken; cannot stand behind the line. Goalkeepers are not permitted to stand in front of or behind the line. Allowing the goalkeeper to have only one foot touching the goal line (or, if jumping, in line with the goal line) when the penalty kick is taken is a more practical approach as it is easier to identify if both feet are not on the line.”
As the kicker can 'stutter' in the run, it is reasonable that the goalkeeper can take one step in anticipation of the kick. However fans believe there was a grey area to the re-taking of the penalty.
Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby was also fuming: "If I give you my honest feelings, they'll probably send me home so it’s better I don't say anything. My players are heroes. Of course I'm disappointed by the result, France is a really good team and don't need support from anybody to win games. The girls were fighting so well, they followed the match plan and it's getting destroyed by people that we're not so happy with."