Why Kevin De Bruyne’s goal vs Real Madrid was not disallowed despite ball appearing to be out of play
But even with that, it’s also emerged that VAR couldn’t have overturned the goal anyway. Christina Unkel of CBS Sports reports that the ball going out was too far back in the phase of play for a VAR review to take place.
Real regained possession before Rodri won the ball back for City and the move finished with De Bruyne lashing home.
Page 141 of the game’s laws states that “it may be necessary to review the attacking phase of play which directly led to the decision/incident” but the goal didn’t arrive straight from the ball going out.
Pavel Fernandez, speaking on Radio MARCA’s ‘Marcador Europeo’ show, followed up with further details.
“VAR cannot review it, because the English team’s attacking phase started later, after Camavinga had lost the ball, so VAR cannot review it that far back.”
With proceedings all square, City and Real will go at it again next Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium in what promises to be a belter of a second leg.