Real Zaragoza Awarded Penalty For Striker Fouling The Defender
It seems that fouls in the box are always given as penalties now, no matter who is actually doing the fouling.
Last Thursday Manchester United were very fortunate to win a penalty against Aston Villa, when Bruno Fernandes looked to have fouled Ezri Konsa but both the referee and VAR thought it was the midfielder being fouled.
Things evened themselves up for Villa when Jack Grealish looked to have fouled a Crystal Palace defender, and then dived, on the weekend and the referee and VAR again felt it was a penalty.
However it's clearly not just an issue in England. In Segunda Division, Spain's second tier, at the weekend, Real Zaragoza won a penalty after their forward seemingly fouled the Real Oviedo defender.
Quedará en una anécdota por el resultado (2-4), pero el penalti que le han señalado a favor al RZ, y existiendo el VAR, es surrealista. Es que no hay por donde cogerlo. ♂️ pic.twitter.com/UFED5EwzVB- Edgar Navarro (@edgarNL_95) July 12, 2020
Para el colegiado Sagués Oscoz y lo que es peor, para los arbitros que revisan el VAR un pisotón de Luis Suarez (Zaragoza) sobre Nieto (Oviedo) en el área oviedista es penalty a favor del Zaragoza.- Floki Lothbrok (@LothbrokFloki) July 12, 2020
No es un chiste.#ZaragozaOviedo pic.twitter.com/yuMxtp44dJ
Fortunately on this occasion the penalty had no actual input to the outcome of the game, with the penalty coming in the 97th minute, with Zaragoza already well behind.
Samuel Obeng put the visitors ahead after 15 minutes before Marco Sangalli put them 2-0 up on the stroke of half time.
Edgar Bárcenas added Oviedo's third in the 79th minute before a crazy injury time period. Alfredo Ortuno made it 4-0 in the 91st minute before Zaragoza won and scored a penalty in the 94th minute and Shinji Kagawa added a second spot kick in the 97th minute after the referee's aberration, to make it 4-2.
The loss was a blow to Zaragoza's chances of winning promotion to La Liga as it confirmed that Cadiz would be promoted automatically.
Second spot in the table, and promotion, are still possible but Huesca have now leapfrogged Zaragoza, who now sit third in the table and would have to go through the play-offs.
There are still two games left and they play two sides near the bottom of the table. The win for Oviedo though did take them away from the relegation zone and one step closer to securing safety.