Wolves suffered a defeat tough to take at the league leaders Liverpool on Sunday, as VAR took center stage at Anfield.
The video referee turned Sadio Mane’s disallowed goal and dominated out Pedro Neto’s spectacular equalizer on a frustrating evening on Merseyside.
Nuno Espirito Santo tweaked his side for their second match in but 2 days, however he’ll recreate from the performance, that saw Wolves push Liverpool all the approach, before taking place to Mane’s strike.
That goal came with the help of VAR, when checks for 2 handball incidents within the build-up, before Mane’s sedately finished, with the choice eventually aiming to the home side.
Just minutes later Neto’s effort went the other approach, because the Portuguese found the rear of the net, however it absolutely was canceled out because of Jonny being dominated offsides by the shortest of margins, which means Wolves complete 2019 with a loss.
Despite four changes in personnel from the side that heroically beat Manchester city, Wolves enjoyed a reasonably snug 1st time unit at Anfield, with the hosts restricted to half possibilities as best.
Mohamed salah, developing against Maximilian Kilman, was doing his best to unlock the Wolves defense, however his formidable left-footed volley merely made a routine save out of Rui Patricio.
A better likelihood was to fall to his fellow frontman Roberto Firmino before long when, however he couldn’t keep his firm header, from a dangerous Trent Alexander-Arnold corner, heading in the right direction and Patricio watched it fall wide of the target.
However, as half-time approached, VAR took center stage and voted against Wolves on not one, however twofold.
Firstly, Anthony Taylor had dominated out Mane’s strike because of a handball by Adam Lallana within the build-up, however when a protracted delay, var overruled the choice and Liverpool LED.
Wolves felt aggrieved and took out their frustration by grabbing what they thought was the equalizer moments later.
Once a cleared corner came back to Jonny, he square for Neto to brightly end, just for var to rule out the goal by the shortest of margins and spark additional Wolves disappointment.
After the break Wolves had recomposed themselves and shortly when the restart Romain Saiss and Adama Traore were on, as Nuno returned to his acquainted 3-4-3 formation, with Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker creating approach.
Soon when the switch, Diogo Jota created a respectable gap for himself, robbing van Dijk of possession and chasing in on goal, but, with Neto as AN choice to his left, Jota went for goal himself and was denied by Alisson at his close to post.
That was Jota’s final contribution, as Raul Jimenez took his place before long when, and because the game wore on the guests remained within the contest.
They had possibilities to earn some extent from the vary too, however each Joao Moutinho and Saiss blazed over within the closing stages.
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