Mohamed Salah escapes red card for horror challenge against Porto

first_imgRoberto Firmino scored Liverpool’s second goal in a comfortable 2-0 win (Picture: Getty)Had referee Antonio Mateu consulted VAR and sent off Liverpool’s top goalscorer, the Egyptian would have faced a three-game ban which would potentially have ruled him out of the rest of the competition.Jurgen Klopp’s side, meanwhile, are within touching distance of the semi-finals after first half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool firmly in control of the quarter final tie.The Reds made a typically ferocious start and were rewarded within five minutes when Sadio Mane teed up Keita for his second goal in as many matches, albeit via a deflection.Roberto Firmino doubled the lead in the 26th minute when he converted from close range after smart approach play involving Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Advertisement ‘I have watched it again three or four times and my opinion is – as we are looking at it now – it endangered the safety of the opponent and should have been sanctioned with a red card.‘I heard the other way ‘was it just reckless?’ but the way Salah comes in, he is over the top of the ball, he catches the player and I think that should have been a red card.‘For me I thought they would have asked him to review the situation so he could have a look himself, but obviously nothing came of it.’Former England defender Danny Mills, meanwhile, told the BBC ‘That should be a red card. It’s a naughty one. I have definitely seen red cards given for that.’ Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 9 Apr 2019 10:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link954Sharescenter_img Mohamed Salah was fortunate to escape a red card against Porto (Picture: BT Sport)Mohamed Salah was fortunate to have escaped a red card against Porto for a horror challenge on Porto’s Danilo, according to former Premier League referee Phil Dowd.With 10 minutes remaining, the Liverpool forward was attempting to break into the Porto penalty area but was held back by Eder Militao.After managing to escape the attentions of the Brazilian defender, Salah stretched out his left leg in an effort to take the ball away from the onrushing Danilo but succeeded only in planting his studs on the Porto captain’s shin.‘I was of the impression that they were looking at it but then didn’t think it needed an official review,’ Dowd told BT Sport.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEven with VAR Salah and Liverpool still get away with a clear red card…— BG (@ScoutedSZN) April 9, 2019 Mohamed Salah escapes red card for horror challenge against Porto Advertisementlast_img

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