VAR denies Manchester United late penalty

indafrica June 20, 2020
Updated 2020/06/20 at 3:52 AM

The controversial VAR system appeared to get it right in overturning a late penalty awarded to Manchester United in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday 19 June.

Bruno Fernandes’s earlier penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw for Manchester United but he was deemed not to have been fouled in stoppage time.

Jose Mourinho had been on trackon to get the better of his former club when Steven Bergwijn’s strike gave Spurs a lead that they toom into the break.

Bergwijn slipped past a flat-footed Harry Maguire before David de Gea could only parry his powerful shot into the net.

De Gea recovered from the blow to make a sharp save soon afterwards to keep Son Heung-min’s header.

Marcus Rashford had the game’s first big chance but Hugo Lloris produced the first of a handful of great saves to keep out the young striker.

A point does little for either side’s chances of breaking into the top four but just about keeps Spurs in it. The result favours the team currently in that final Champions League spot, Chelsea.

United remain in fifth, two points behind the Blues, while Spurs are four points further back in eighth place.


Solskjaer had left Pogba on the bench at the start, but the French playmaker made a big impact after being introduced for his first appearance since Boxing Day.

Pogba’s tricks and quick feet left Eric Dier in his wake and the Spurs man then pushed the midfielder over inside the box as he tried to recover.

Fernandes deliverd a cool finish from the spot that sent Lloris the wrong way to put Manchester United deservedly level.

The Portuguese midfielder lashed a shot wide of the goal late on, but probably knew that he didn’t deserve the late penalty awarded by referee Jon Moss.

Mason Greenwood had also gone close in the dying stages of an absorbing if at times cagey match.


Southampton pushed Norwich City closer to a return to the Championship after second half goals from Danny Ings, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond earned a 3-0 win at Carrow Road in the earlier fixture on Friday.

Victory for the Saints lifts them 10 points clear of the Premier League relegation zone, but Norwich remain seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table and looking unlikely to be in the top-flight next season.

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