Bayern Munich get away with one! Dayot Upamecano's red card for foul on Man City's Erling Haaland rescinded after tight offside call
- Upamecano takes down Haaland
- Referee immediately takes out red card
- But striker just offside
WHAT HAPPENED? With Manchester City already ahead 3-0 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-final second leg, referee Clement Turpin rescinded the red card he showed Upamecano for the foul of Haaland.
Bayern Munich may have already been out of the tie, but a red card would have all but ensured their European elimination.
A lucky escape for Bayern as an offside against Haaland prevents a red for Upamecano. 😅 pic.twitter.com/bjGZ3iUUtB— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) April 19, 2023
Dayot Upamecano breathes a sigh of relief 😅— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 19, 2023
Referee Clément Turpin initially sends the Bayern defender off before rescinding the red card following a late offside flag...#UCL pic.twitter.com/7ZwMg7l3IX
WHY WAS THE RED CARD TAKEN BACK? Because Haaland was offside, the rules dictate the foul is considered to have never happened, meaning Upamecano's challenge was not adjudged to be a foul at all. Replays showed that the offside call was correct - just barely.
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WHAT NEXT? Barring a remarkable second-half comeback by Bayern Munich, the German club will try to reduce the sting of Champions League elimination by taking control of the Bundesliga, where they lead Borussia Dortmund by two points.