In England, there were cries for the technology to be introduced. While in Germany, a manager was left bemused by the use of the system. But in Spain it came to hand for what it was used for.
After just several weeks of a new domestic season in Europe, the debate surrounding the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is once again as heated as ever.
During the World Cup in Russia, the technology was relatively well received bar a few teething issues which came at critical times, most notably the final played between France and Russia.
On that night, eventual winners France were on the right hand of a decision which divided fans across the globe – a penalty decision which arguably changed the direction of the match.
But in England over the weekend, there was no doubting a refereeing error would have been overturned had the VAR system been introduced for the 2018-19 season.
In April, a two-thirds majority of Premier League clubs passed on the option to introduce the technology into England’s top-flight instead electing for trials to still be undertaken in selected League Cup and FA Cup matches.
On the weekend, Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Willy Boly opened the scoring for his side against champions Manchester City, after he handled the ball into the back of his own net.
Replays following the goal clearly showed the ball had missed Boly’s head before striking his hand thus giving his side the lead.
When questioned about the incident following the match, City boss Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports: “It’s not my business, the Premier League will decide when the VAR will be here.”
This incident alone showcased why the technology is required, as the 1-all draw could make a difference in City’s title quest.
But in Germany, things were different again – where the technology was introduced prior to last season.
In Bayern Munich’s opening day victory over Hoffenheim, the defending Bundesliga champions were awarded a controversial penalty after Franck Ribery was adjudged to have been brought down inside the 18-yard box.
Once again replays showed a mistake had been made, after it was clear that no contact had been made with the former France international.
Unlike Guardiola, Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann was much harsher in his assessment, demanding there should have been intervention from the VAR to deny Bayern the spot kick.
“Where were the video assistants?”
Even more telling was the fact that his Bayern counterpart Niko Kovac agreed with his frustrations.