Watching Hategan on this 3rd place playoff and some other qualifiers reminds me of something... two of the bigger injustices in recent memory have been the Henry handball and the penalty call (that Hategan made) in the Northern Ireland-Switzerland match. There's no VAR in qualifiers (and, now no AARs). UEFA actually has less protection against blatantly wrong calls than it did last season. I imagine UEFA will try to make sure there is VAR for all qualifying playoffs, but that just puts the finish line for injustices one matchday earlier. Also, relative to this point, watching a top competitive international match without a VAR now feels weird. The Gold Cup is going to feel weird.