VAR calls help West Ham beat Bournemouth 2-0 in EPL

West Ham were helped by two VAR calls for their goals in Monday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth in the English Premier League.

Kurt Zouma’s 45th-minute header came moments after a corner from the right hit West Ham defender Thilo Kehrer in the arm as he jumped to find the ball inside the six-yard box.

Video review judged the handball to be accidental.

Then, as the match entered second-half stoppage time, a cross from substitute Vladimir Coufal hit the arm of Bournemouth defender Jordan Zemura as he tried to block the ball.

VAR suggested that the on-field referee look again at the incident on the sideline monitor and a penalty was awarded. It was dispatched by Saïd Benrahma.

Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil complained to the referee at half-time and received a yellow card, and also spoke to the referees after the game.

“It’s blatant handball,” he said of the first goal. “(Kehrer’s) hands are on his belly and move towards the ball.”

O’Neil complained that the decisions against his team this season were “getting a little ridiculous”.

“Since I’ve been here, there have been 10 serious VAR checks and none have gone our way,” he said.

West Ham moved up to 10th place, one point and four places above Bournemouth.

It was the second consecutive defeat for Bournemouth, who lost two key players – striker Dominic Solanke and goalkeeper Neto – to injuries during the game.

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