09 November 2020 00:42
Manchester City and Liverpool played out a pulsating first-half in their Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon. Both sides showed attacking intent right from the outset but it was the Reds who took an early lead. Sadio Mane was felled by Kyle Walker in the box and Mohamed Salah stepped up to rifle home from 12 yards. Liverpool were the better side but it was City who equalised through a moment of brilliance from Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian produced an incredible turn in the box and poked past Alisson to restore parity.
And Pep Guardiola's side were given a controversial penalty just before half-time. A cross into the box struck the arm of Joe Gomez from close range. Nothing was given initially, but a penalty was given by the referee after consultation with the pitch-side monitor. It was extremely controversial and you can watch it below: That's harsh. Gomez tried his best to get his arm out of the way but he failed to do so. By the letter of the law, it has to be given as a penalty. But, in my opinion, the law has to be changed. You see so many players penalised for incidents like this which they can do very little about. Fortunately for Liverpool, Kevin De Bruyne inexplicably rolled the ensuing penalty wide. Liverpool will feel like it was justice done after De Bruyne missed the target. Gary Lineker was one of many who condemned the handball law on Twitter following the penalty call. "A surprising miss from De Bruyne, but the new handball law is an ass." He wrote. "He's clearly, desperately trying to get his arm out of the way. It's just daft." I agree, Gary. Hopefully the law changes soon. News Now - Sport News