New angle of disallowed Wolves goal vs Liverpool appears to show Matheus Nunes was onside


    New angle of disallowed Wolves goal appears to show Matheus Nunes was onside
    Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to be playing everyone onside (Pictures: Getty / Twitter)

    Fan footage from Anfield appears to suggest Wolves’ late disallowed goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup third round should have stood.

    The two Premier League sides played out an entertaining and end-to-end 2-2 draw on Saturday evening but the match was overshadowed by two controversial offside decisions.

    The Merseysiders went behind after a terrible pass from Alisson gifted Goncalo Guedes an opening goal, though Darwin Nunez levelled the scores on the stroke of half-time with a brilliant volleyed finish.

    Liverpool then took the lead shortly after the restart when Cody Gakpo tried to clip the ball over the top for an offside Mohamed Salah; Wolves defender Toti made a failed attempt to clear the ball, with the ball landing at the Egyptian who slotted home.

    VAR Mike Dean determined that as Toti had made a ‘deliberate play’ on the ball a new phase of play had started and Salah therefore could not be offside.

    Wolves were furious with the decision but Hwang Hee-chan managed to grab an equaliser not long after, before the visitors thought they had found a late winner in the 81st minute through Toti.

    The move started with a corner from Matheus Nunes, which was headed first by Nathan Collins and then a second time by Hwang before returning to the Portuguese midfielder, whose low cross rebounded to Hwang before being turned in by Toti.

    New angle of disallowed Wolves goal vs Liverpool appears to show Matheus Nunes was onside
    Toti was clearly not offside from Hwang’s shot (Picture: BeIN Sports)

    However, the defender’s celebrations were cut short by the linesman’s flag and it was not initially clear which player was deemed to have been offside – and it certainly was not the goalscorer.

    After several minutes of confusion, broadcaster ITV claimed that it was corner taker Nunes who had been flagged as offside but VAR had been unable to find a definitive camera angle to show his position, so VAR had to stick with the on-field decision.

    Wolves’ bench were incensed and manager Julen Lopetegui later revealed that a tactical camera they use – which gives a bird’s eye view of the pitch – showed that Nunes was onside.

    New angle of disallowed Wolves goal vs Liverpool appears to show Matheus Nunes was onside
    A mock-up suggets Nunes was onside by a rather large margin (Picture: BeIN Sports)

    Now fan footage from the match also appears to back that up, with Nunes seemingly having run back into an onside position by the time Hwang heads the ball – which resets the phase of play – with Trent Alexander-Arnold playing everyone onside.

    ‘The offside that we had – we have seen it, the offside doesn’t exist, I’m sorry. It’s impossible,’ said a livid Lopetegui.

    ‘Someone has told him [the referee] it’s offside, but we’ve seen the images, it doesn’t exist. The decision is wrong. I make mistakes every day, and sometimes they do too. It is a pity, because I’m sorry, it’s not offside.’

    Asked what made him so sure, he added: ‘Our tactical camera – at the time I have seen the replay and it was [even] better in the dressing room.’

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