With Alisson sidelined, goalkeeper Adrian conceded a penalty late in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea
Starting in place of the injured Alisson, Adrian was called for a controversial foul just moments after Liverpool had taken the lead through Sadio Mane.
Adrian was deemed to have taken down Tammy Abraham as the Chelsea striker chased down a ball in the box, but replays showed that there was minimal contract between the goalkeeper and the forward.
After a brief delay, Chelsea’s penalty was confirmed with Jorginho stepping up to the spot and burying past a helpless Adrian to level the scoreline at two apiece.
The incident did spark more debate over the effectiveness of VAR with many believing the penalty was soft at best.
Aside from the penalty, the match was a relatively clean one for referee Stephanie Frappart, who become the first female to officiate a major UEFA men’s match by taking charge of Wednesday’s clash between the Champions League and Europa League winners.
Chelsea opened the scoring in the 36th minute through Olivier Giroud with an assist from Christian Pulisic in his first Chelsea start.
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Liverpool then fired back early in the second half with substitute Roberto Firmino finding Mane to level the score.
Mane then gave Liverpool the lead with a rocket of a finish just moments into extra time before Abraham drew the controversial foul on Adrian that allowed Chelsea to jump back into the match.
So, VAR doesn’t work then. What’s the point. No contact. No penalty #LIVCHE
— WizKalita (@KalitaWiz) August 14, 2019
— Liverpool FC Simpsons (@LFCSimpsons) August 14, 2019
Let me rephrase this; if she didn’t point to the spot, would VAR then go in and call the penalty?
Absolutely no chance.
— Robin (@Robish13) August 14, 2019
What is the point of VAR if that penalty isn’t ruled out? Absolute joke.
— Akash #6🏆🇪🇸 (@Akash_LFC) August 14, 2019
That shows how useless VAR is. Never a penalty.
— Matt (@FalseFMatt) August 14, 2019
What’s the point in VAR if that’s a penalty?
— corner taken quickly (@ThoseScouseLads) August 14, 2019
What’s the point in VAR exactly? Never a penalty.
— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) August 14, 2019
I genuinely don’t know how that can be given with VAR
— John Bradley (@jbradleymedia) August 14, 2019
Absolutely no contact but VAR still gives a penalty. Bizarre. #LFC
— Nic Mason (@MrNickMason) August 14, 2019
Did VAR team get a different angle or something??
— John Gibbons (@johngibbonsblog) August 14, 2019