Why Kevin De Bruyne goal for Man City vs Real Madrid was not disallowed by VAR in Champions League 1st leg
Why Kevin De Bruyne goal for Man City vs Real Madrid was not disallowed by VAR in Champions League 1st leg
Should De Bruyne goal vs Real Madrid have been disallowed?

Manchester City secured a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, thanks to Kevin De Bruyne's second-half equaliser, which kept things level heading into the Champions League semifinal second leg next Wednesday.

It was a massive goal for the visitors who were otherwise quiet in the attacking third, with talisman Erling Haaland kept under wraps by a Herculean Real Madrid defensive performance.

However, there's some controversy around the Man City goal, with eagle-eyed fans spotting an issue in the build-up to De Bruyne's vicious strike.

Champions League broadcaster beIN Sports used technology to definitively determine that the ball went out of play in the lead-up to the goal. Many believe that should have led to the goal being disallowed.

The Sporting News has all the rules and reaction regarding the controversial decision.

The ball appeared to go out of play in the buildup before Kevin De Bruyne's equalizer against Real Madrid.

VAR did not review the goal. pic.twitter.com/gjPBmNYnr8

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 9, 2023

Should De Bruyne goal vs Real Madrid have been disallowed?

According to 3D triangulation technology used by beIN Sports, the ball went out of play in the build-up. 

The technology is similar to goal-line technology and the technology Video Assistant Referees (VARs) use to determine offside situations.

So technically the referee crew on the field made a mistake, and should have stopped play for a Real Madrid throw-in.

However, the margin was incredibly thin and it was a difficult spot for the referees, especially because the ball was in mid-air, it would have been extremely difficult for the assistant referee to properly judge that the ball was over the line for the fraction of a second before Bernardo Silva redirected it back onto the playing field.

According to BEINSport, Bernardo Silva’s touch was out of play which led to the Manchester City goal.

How could this possibly happen on a big European night? pic.twitter.com/xASNWlSLRY

— TC (@totalcristiano) May 9, 2023

Why did VAR not disallow De Bruyne goal vs Real Madrid?

The play was not reviewable by VAR, according to CBS Sports rules official Christina Unkel, who appeared on the U.S. broadcaster's postgame show.

Since the incident did not occur in the immediate attacking buildup to the goal — possession briefly changed hands back to Real Madrid before Man City ultimately regained control — it cannot be reviewed by the VAR.

The official language in the Laws of the Game (page 141) says "it may be necessary to review the attacking phase of play which led directly to the decision/incident."

Since the VAR was not able to intervene, the goal stood.

Carlo Ancelotti angry at referee crew after Man City goal

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was furious after the match, criticising the officiating crew for not calling the ball out of play prior to Kevin De Bruyne's equaliser.

Ancelotti said the "referee didn't pay attention to many things tonight," which is a scathing review of Portuguese head official Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias.

The Madrid boss was yellow carded in the aftermath of the goal for protests, likely related to this incident.

😬 Carlo Ancelotti was not happy that VAR didn't check Kevin De Bruyne's goal. He believes the ball went out of play in the build-up. #UCL pic.twitter.com/7qqmKSMu8z

— Sporting News Football Club (@sn_footballclub) May 9, 2023

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