One instance in a pivotal Liverpool vs. Arsenal game happened that both Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville were perplexed about on behalf of Liverpool. Martin Odegaard of Arsenal was engaged in the incident, and the match officials missed what appeared to be a handball.
Even though Odegaard’s free kick gave Arsenal the lead early on with a header from Gabriel Magalhaes, the Norwegian midfielder was at the centre of controversy halfway through the first half.
The ball struck Odegaard’s hand during Mohamed Salah’s attempt at a flick-on, seemingly creating a scenario that called for a penalty. The handball was missed by referee Chris Kavanagh, which gave Arsenal the opportunity to counterattack. Even though David Coote used VAR to intervene, the decision to deny Liverpool a penalty stood, and Neville—a former Manchester United defender—noticed Odegaard’s lucky circumstances.
The official reasoning from PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) was made public by Sky Sports at halftime. According to the explanation, the event did not match the required criteria because Odegaard’s arm was travelling towards his body rather than the ball as he went down. Odegaard’s arm was said to have moved towards his body during his fall, not the ball, which explained this.
In spite of the controversial call, Liverpool rallied prior to halftime, with Salah’s outstanding solo goal in the 29th minute laying the groundwork for a crucial second half in this crucial match.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE MOMENT WHEN ODEGAARD USES HIS HAND TO TOUCH THE BALL IN ARSENAL’S PENALTY AREA:
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