Galatasaray’s First Goal vs. Man Utd: Possible Rule Breach
The Red Devils’ pursuit of Champions League qualification suffered a significant setback as they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with the Turkish giants on Wednesday.
Erik ten Hag’s side saw Alejandro Garnacho open the scoring, followed by Bruno Fernandes doubling their advantage with an exceptional long-range strike.
If three or more defending players form a wall… all attacking players must remain at least one metre from the wall until the ball is in play.
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) November 29, 2023
However, the momentum was tempered when Hakim Ziyech scored from a curling free-kick that seemed to breach regulations, according to beIN Sports. They contend that all attacking players must maintain a minimum distance of one meter from the wall until the ball is in play. Galatasaray’s positioning, reportedly standing a mere 61 centimeters away, potentially rendered Ziyech’s goal ineligible.
Despite Scott McTominay later restoring United’s two-goal lead in the second half, Ziyech’s successful free-kick against Andre Onana added to their woes. Karem Akturkoglu completed the comeback, leaving Manchester United in a precarious position.
Had Ziyech’s initial goal been disallowed, it would have had a significant impact on United’s standing in Group A. To retain any chance of advancing to the knockout stages, United must secure a victory against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford and hope for favorable results in other fixtures.