West Ham United defeated Bournemouth 2-0 in the English Premier League on Monday thanks to two VAR calls.
Kurt Zouma, center, of West Ham United, celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Bournemouth at the London Stadium on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)
Kurt Zouma's 45th-minute header came after a right-wing corner struck teammate West Ham defender Thilo Kehrer on the arm as he rushed to meet the ball inside the six-yard box.
The video review determined that the handball was unintentional.
Then, as the game approached second-half stoppage time, a cross from replacement Vladimir Coufal struck Bournemouth defender Jordan Zemura's arm as he attempted to block the ball.
VAR requested that the on-field referee review the event on the pitchside monitor again, and a penalty was granted. It was delivered by Sad Benrahma.
Bournemouth manager Gary O'Neil argued with the referee at halftime and was given a yellow card, as well as speaking with match officials after the game.
He described the first goal as "a clear handball." "His (Kehrer's) hands are in his stomach, moving toward the ball."
O'Neil stated that this season's judgments against his squad were "becoming a little absurd."
"There have been ten important VAR inspections while I've been here, and none have gone our way," he remarked.
West Ham moved up to tenth position, one point and four places ahead of Bournemouth.
Bournemouth suffered their second consecutive defeat after injuring two crucial players — forward Dominic Solanke and goalkeeper Neto — throughout the encounter.