Neal Maupay put Brentford ahead against Manchester City in questionable circumstances on Monday, but there’s a simple explanation why the goal wasn’t called off.
Last season, Manchester City fell twice against Brentford, and despite forcing three brilliant saves from Mark Flekken in the first 14 minutes, it was their bogey team that struck first.
Flekken fired a goal kick forward in the 21st minute, which sailed straight through the City defence and was converted past Ederson by Maupay.
Pep Guardiola’s players argued for offside against both Maupay and Ivan Toney.
Maupay was offside when the goal kick was taken, while Toney came from offside to prevent Nathan Ake from intercepting the long ball.
However, Sky Sports pundit Seb Hutchinson stated that awarding a goal was the proper choice.
“I believe some of the City players needed to be informed the rule as well. If Toney had touched it, it would have been considered offside. “But he left it.”
Players cannot be offside from a goal kick, therefore Toney’s involvement in the play – battling for the ball with Ake but not touching it – and Maupay’s run on the ball were both acceptable.
If Toney had touched the ball on its way to Maupay, Maupay would have been marked offside because it did not come to him immediately from a goal kick.
City had nearly 70% possession and 17 shots in the first half, and Phil Foden ultimately found a way past Flekken by controlling a bad defensive header and slotting it into the bottom corner.
Maupay has now scored in three consecutive league games, including goals against Tottenham and Nottingham Forest.
The striker sparked outrage last week when he replicated James Maddison’s goal celebration after scoring the opener against Tottenham.
Tottenham won 3-2, leaving the 27-year-old looking red-faced.
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