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UEFA rules state Galatasaray’s goal “should not have stood” vs Man United for one reason



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Manchester United drew 3-3 against Galatasaray on Wednesday evening but UEFA rulings have since highlighted that one goal should not have stood.

The Reds were in a commanding position after their two early goals in the first half courtesy of Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes.

However, the following goal came from Galatasaray and it allowed them to get back into the game.

Hakim Ziyech scored directly from a free-kick which Andre Onana should have easily saved.

However, it was noticed that the home side’s goal should have been disallowed and given as an indirect free-kick to Erik ten Hag’s side.

BeIN Sports, citing the official ruling, pointed out: “If three or more defensive players form a wall, all attacking players must remain at least one metre from the wall until the ball is in play.”

They wrote: “Galatasaray’s goal should not have stood,” with the sports channel following up with an image of when the free-kick was played, with Mauro Icardi right next to the four-man United wall, and an estimate that he was just 61 centre-metres away.

Credit: (beIN Sports)

This is not the first goal in the Champions League against United which caused controversy. Copenhagen scored with a player standing in an offside position blocking Andre Onana’s view.

However, the excuses such as these decisions not going United’s way are not good enough when they had more than enough chances to win the game.

“What we have been doing in the Champions League is not enough,” said captain Bruno Fernandes. “We have to control games better; this isn’t the first game like this. We have to be smarter and manage the games better.

“Sometimes it is about finding another teammate who is free and not taking the chance yourself…”