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Handball Incident Sparks Debate Online Over Whether Cristiano Ronaldo Equaliser Should Have Stood

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Handball Incident Sparks Debate Online Over Whether Cristiano Ronaldo Equaliser Should Have Stood

A possible handball infringement in the build-up to Cristiano Ronaldo's late equaliser for Manchester United tonight sparked plenty of debate online.

United will leave Bergamo with a point to their name after the forward came to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's rescue once again, scoring a vital Champions League goal against Atalanta for the second matchday in a row.

While most United fans were simply revelling in the glory of the moment, more eagle-eyed observers spotted a possible handball by Mason Greenwood immediately before Ronaldo unleashed his fine volleyed drive.


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VAR deemed that the England international did not commit a foul in doing so, but its safe to say not everybody agreed with that call - particularly online.


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Referees in the Champions League and the Premier League have taken a more common-sense approach to handballs in both competitions recently, which is surely why the goal was allowed to stand even after inspection from VAR.

It wasn't the only time in the match that video technology played a defining role, as it previously overturned an offside decision against Duvan Zapata's second-half strike - which otherwise wouldn't have counted.

Image credit: PA
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The draw leaves United joint top of Group F on seven points, with two matches left to play.

One of those will be an away trip to Villareal, who are also on seven points in the Group, having beaten Young Boys 2-0 this evening.

So far, Ronaldo has scored five goals in four Champions League outings this season - one dreads to think where the Red Devils would be this season without the legendary number 7.

Topics: Manchester United, Mason Greenwood, Atalanta, Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cristiano Ronaldo

Tom Fenton
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