Schalke 2-Manchester City 3
Manchester City took on Schalke on Wednesday in the first-leg of their UCL tie.
City started the game much brighter than Schalke and Sergio Aguero would eventually put them 1-0 up inside 18 minutes.
Should Sergio Aguero’s goal have counted? pic.twitter.com/yLW8SaOidy
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 20, 2019
Schalke would then be handed a penalty in the 38th minute under controversial circumstances.
The ball would hit off Nicolas Otamendi’s arm inside the City box. After much deliberation, the referee did award Schalke the penalty.
However, it did look quite a harsh decision as Otamendi appeared to be trying to put his arm behind him.
It was then revealed that the ref could not even review the decision as the VAR screen pitchside was not working.
Wow. The pitchside screen wasn’t working for the referee tonight. He wanted to see the pen decision, but couldn’t. Is it then ok for the him to award the penalty? Is the technology really ready? Messy.
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 20, 2019
Fernandinho would then give Schalke their second penalty of the night. Although this was a much more clear penalty.
Nabil Bentaleb stepped up to take both penalties and converted both.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) 20 February 2019
Luckily for City, Leroy Sane would come on and score a superb free-kick before Raheem Sterling made it 3-2 in the 90th minute.
Fernandinho and Otamendi to miss second-leg
Despite coming from 2-1 down to win, City were handed two huge blows on Wednesday.
After being booked for the first penalty, Nicolas Otamendi would miss the second-leg vs Schalke on March 12th.
The Argentine would, however, be sent off anyway in the 68th minute after being shown a second yellow.
As well as losing Otamendi, City will also be without Fernandinho for the return leg.
The Brazilian was already on a yellow card heading into Wednesday’s game and would pick up another after giving away the second spot kick.
Fernandinho has been an integral member of City’s side for several seasons and it will be interesting to see how they cope without him in March.
Confirmed: Otamendi and Fernandinho are suspended for the second leg after receiving first half yellow cards.
— City Watch (@City_Watch) February 20, 2019