Ex-Premier League ref has his say on Sanchez’s ghost goal

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Tottenham Hotspur slumped to a third straight winless game in this season’s Champions League campaign last night.

Despite drawing the match 2-2 away to PSV, Tottenham has a whole host of chances to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Across the 90 minutes, Spurs scored twice, hit the woodwork another two times, had a goal chalked off for offside and missed a bunch of other good opportunities.

The one that will still have Spurs fans fuming is centre back Sanchez’s ghost goal that would have drawn them level at 1-1 some five minutes before they eventually scored.

After a corner was whipped into the box, the ball eventually fell to the feet of Sanchez who happily slammed it home.

However, the linesman quickly flagged for offside, which upon replay looked like one of the worst calls of the season.

The only player who was in an offside position was Harry Kane, who was stood in the opposite corner, behind and out of the way of the keeper.

Who knows whether this goal would have changed the match at all. It could have given Tottenham more time to find that second before half time.

Former Premier League and World Cup Final referee Mark Clattenburg told the Daily Mail: “They were denied a perfectly good goal in the first half when Sanchez’s strike was chalked off for offside.

“While Kane was standing in an offside position when Sanchez took the shot, he was not interfering with play.

“Standing on the goal-line, he was not in the goalkeeper’s line of vision and did not impact on his ability to make a save. Hugo Lloris was correctly sent off. He was reckless and denied a clear and obvious goal-scoring opportunity.”

 

 

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