Cesar Azpilicueta: Sadio Mane should get a red card

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“Deserves a red card or not huh?”

ONENEWS.MY.ID – Cesar Azpilicueta says Liverpool forward Sadio Mane should have been sent off for elbowing him in the face after just six seconds of the match between Chelsea and Liverpool, which ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday (2/1/2021).

Mane was only shown a yellow card by referee Anthony Taylor after his arm appeared to hit a defender The Blues the. The incident began when both players tried to jump to get the ball at Stamford Bridge.

The Senegalese striker scored the opener after capitalizing on an error from Trevoh Chalobah and Mohamed Salah brought in The Reds 2-0 up in the English Premier League clash between the second and third placed teams.

Chelsea equalized just before half-time following two goals in four minutes, Mateo Kovacic pulled back with a fine volley and Christian Pulisic again sent the home fans into a frenzy as he equalized.

Neither side could turn things around to present a winner in a tense contest, with Manchester City now 10 points clear of the Blues and Liverpool 11 points adrift with a game in hand.

Azpilicueta has no doubts that Mane was lucky not to be shown a red card in his last game, before leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations.

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The defender told Sky Sports: “Clear red. I don’t mind if the game is five seconds long, it’s red. I don’t understand, we had a decision like this the other day.

“It’s a clear red card. We got this decision against us and it could change the way of the game.

“I watched the replay but I didn’t need this because I knew it was red live.

“We have to fight to get back. We left everything on the pitch but it wasn’t enough.

“Both teams had their moments. When they were 2-0 up they thought they had a clear chance to score the third goal and maybe it could have killed the game but after that we played well.

“We were 2-0 down, we fought hard to come back. We wanted more of course. We never lost faith. We felt in the second half we could have pushed for the third goal but we didn’t score.”


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Since the start of the 2006-07 season (when we had great timing), Sadio Mané’s yellow card after 15 seconds against Chelsea was the earliest recorded in a Premier League game. Too excited!

Azpilicueta admits it was an exciting day for reigning champions City as their two closest rivals slipped again.

He added: “They are the top. The more points we have, the happier they are. They have set very high standards.

“It’s up to us to close the gap. We know they are a quality team – they have been playing together for a while. We are on our way, but until now we haven’t reached the level of consistency that will keep us going. top.” concluded the Chelsea captain

(moch imam sholikin/nz)

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