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Virgil Van Dijk's Record Of Not Being Dribbled Past Still Stands

Virgil Van Dijk's Record Of Not Being Dribbled Past Still Stands

Virgil van Dijk's amazing streak of not being dribbled past officially lives on despite being beaten by Gabriel Jesus.

The Liverpool defender went an incredible 64 games last season without being dribbled past, but that record looked like it had been ended by the Man City forward.

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But a spokesperson from the FA told talkSPORT that the match was considered a 'second grade' game and therefore any stats don't count.

That means that Jesus' moment, where he seemingly broke the 65- match, year-long streak, didn't count, and Van Dijk's run continues.

The FA declassified the 'season curtain raiser' five years ago and that means that goals, assists and cards in the match at Wembley don't count towards a players record.

On top of Jesus' dribble not counting Raheem Sterling and Joel Matip's goals won't count on the players' records.

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It's not just the players that counts for of course with Pep Guardiola's yellow card, the first one shown to a Premier League manager with the new rules this season, also not going on his record.

Guardiola picked up his first yellow of the season, kind of. Image: PA Images
Guardiola picked up his first yellow of the season, kind of. Image: PA Images

With all that in mind surely it means that the Manchester City boss is going to have to stop counting the Community Shield towards what he considers a quadruple last season.

Guardiola's men won the league for the second season in a row, with 98 points, and added the FA Cup and Carabao Cup to become the first domestic treble winners in the country.

The former Barca boss was insistent, in the same was Jose Mourinho had previously been at Manchester United, that people should also count last summer's Community Shield win.

On Sunday the league champions needed penalties to defeat last season's runners up and once again beat them to silverware.

Raheem Sterling finally broke his duck against his former club, opening the scoring to put City ahead after just 12 minutes, before Joel Matip equalised with less than 15 minutes to go.

With the seconds running out Kyle Walker pulled off a ridiculous goal line clearance to deny Mo Salah a winner before the game went to penalties.

Georginio Wijnaldum was the only man to miss his spot kick as City won 5-4 on penalties.

In the end though main headline from the match wasn't real and it's like the moment Van Dijk got dribbled past was all a dream. Can Norwich actually end the run on Friday?

Topics: Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City, Community Shield, Liverpool, Football News, Carabao Cup, Premier League, FA Cup, Virgil Van Dijk, Jurgen Klopp, Champions League

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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