Sergio Aguero's Penalty Should Have Been Retaken Because Of Jan Vertonghen Encroaching
Jan Vertonghen and encroaching. Name a more iconic duo.
The Tottenham defender was guilty, again, for encroaching on a penalty. He was first onto the ball and managed to clear it away after Hugo Lloris prevented Sergio Aguero from scoring.
It's not the first time he's encroached into the area early.
Against Arsenal in the Premier League, Vertonghen ran inside the box before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had even taken the penalty, and then blocked his second chance after gaining an unfair advantage by encroaching.
Needless to say, Vertonghen's encroaching antics sent social media into overdrive. Here's some reaction from Twitter:
Peter Walton makes an interesting point. It would've been really harsh but Vertonghen did gain an advantage by encroaching into the box. Still takes nothing away from Sergio's poor effort- Harry (@bluehazza16) April 9, 2019
So i'm guessing Vertonghen is the only player allowed to get away with running in the area before a penalty is taken?
- ㅤㅤ:flag_gy: (@ashleylyken) April 9, 2019
If uefa are going to stick by VAR at least use it consistently - why bother to look at the minutiae of Rose's 'handball' or Vertonghen encroaching (which happens at every penalty) if you aren't going to investigate Kane getting elbowed in the back of the head twice?
- galilee champion (@fellinvisible) April 9, 2019
Jan Vertonghen in the box before a penalty has been taken, where have I seen that before? #TOTMCI
- Alan (@StoneColdSaka) April 9, 2019
Vertonghen inside the penalty area again, might aswell play in goal at this point
- The Arsenal (@Jammy1314) April 9, 2019
Lmao Vertonghen encroaching again....
- Sam (@TheEmeryEra) April 9, 2019
Aguero's first-half penalty miss proved very costly as Spurs secured victory thanks to a 78th minute strike from Heung-min Son.
They'll take a one-goal lead into the Champions League quarter-final second leg.