MARK CLATTENBURG: Why did Ukraine not get a penalty?

MARK CLATTENBURG: Ukraine will be asking why they did not get the chance to level from the spot… referee Mateu Lahoz would have reversed his decision had he seen Joe Allen’s trip on Andriy Yarmolenko on the monitor

  • Ukraine suffered heartbreak as they lost 1-0 to Wales in their World Cup play-off
  • Wales took the lead after Andriy Yarmolenko headed in Gareth Bale’s free-kick
  • Ukraine were denied the chance to level from the penalty spot just minutes later
  • Joe Allen brought Yarmolenko down in the box but they were denied a penalty 
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Ukraine could consider themselves unlucky after being denied a penalty to draw level with Wales during their World Cup play-off. 

Oleksandr Petrakov’s side agonisingly missed out on a place in Qatar after suffering a 1-0 defeat by Wales in Cardiff. 

Wales snatched the lead after Andriy Yarmolenko headed in an own goal from Gareth Bale’s free-kick in the first half. 

Ukraine could consider themselves unlucky after being denied a penalty in Wales defeat when Joe Allen brought Yarmolenko down inside the box (above)

But just minutes later, Ukraine should have had a clear chance to equalise before the break after Joe Allen brought Yarmolenko down inside the box. 

However, in heartbreak for the Ukrainians, referee Mateu Lahoz denied the nailed-on penalty appeal from the captain.

Ukraine would be justified in asking why they weren’t given a chance to equalise from the spot. 

This was a clear foul by Joe Allen on Andriy Yarmolenko and I cannot understand why VAR didn’t correct a clearly incorrect call.

If he’d been sent to his screen, I’m sure referee Mateu Lahoz would have reversed his original decision of no penalty. But he didn’t get that chance.

Yarmolenko looks dejected after Ukraine suffered defeat and so missed out on World Cup

Referee Mateu Lahoz was not sent to the screen by the Video Assistant Referee to check call




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