‘I think it’s very HARSH on Chelsea’ – Jamie Carragher has his say on CONTROVERSIAL penalty call in Chelsea vs. Manchester City clash
Chelsea and Manchester City shared the spoils in 4-4 draw.
(L-R) Marc Cucurella, Erling Haaland (Source: via Twitter/@MailSport)
Football pundit, Jamie Carragher believes Marc Cucurella’s ‘foul’ on Erling Haaland should not have been given as a penalty. Before the incident, Haaland was seen pulling on the fullback’s jersey which Jamie Carragher believes should have been taken into account.
During the Chelsea vs. Manchester City match, around the 20th minute, Haaland got a penalty after being fouled by Cucurella. The Norwegian was fouled by the Chelsea man. Upon VAR review, the penalty was awarded. Haaland scored, giving Manchester City an early lead.
In this lively game, the spotlight is on criticism of VAR and the officials, especially referee Anthony Taylor. Despite previous criticisms and being relegated to Championship games, he’s back in the Premier League.
However, controversy arose when he awarded a penalty against Chelsea, overlooking Erling Haaland’s shirt tug on Cucurella.
Chelsea with a last-gasp winner against Manchester City
In a game full of drama, it was the Blues who were the cause of upset for Pep Guardiola and the Sky Blues. The game between Chelsea and Manchester City had everything but a winner. End-to-end action till the final whistle and they had to share the spoils at the Stamford Bridge, 4-4.
In an exciting game, four goals were scored in the first half. Thiago Silva leveled the score in the 29th minute, and then Raheem Sterling‘s goal put Pochettino’s team ahead. The crowd at Stamford Bridge erupted as they took the lead against the treble winners from last season. Yet, City, displaying their champion spirit, equalized just before halftime with Manuel Akanji scoring in the 45+1 minute.
The second half unfolded much like the first. Haaland scored again in the 47th minute, and Nicolas Jackson made it 3-3. Rodri’s goal seemed like the winner, but former City player Cole Palmer scored a penalty in the 96th minute to secure a crucial draw.
This result means that after the international break, Pep Guardiola‘s team faces a big challenge in preventing Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool from winning. If they can’t, the Reds will go top of the Premier League. This is the peak Barclays-level of entertainment back in the English top flight.
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