Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah played an integral role in his side’s 2-0 victory against Porto in the Champions League. However, it has now emerged that the Egyptian was fortunate to have stayed on the field for the entire game.
In the second half, with Liverpool firmly in control of the game, Salah went in late and hard on Porto player Danilo, but escaped without a booking.
Shocking tackle goes unpunished
Salah’s tackle was both reckless and dangerous. According to former referee Mark Clattenburg, it was one worthy of being shown a straight red.
The incident occurred moments after Porto had a shout for a penalty. It remains uncertain whether VAR looked at the incident.
Watch footage of Salah’s horror tackle below:
Clear red according to former referee
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, speaking to Sportsmail, said: “Mo Salah was very fortunate not to be sent off for his challenge on Porto’s Danilo Pereira.
“The Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent.
“UEFA guidelines on this type of challenge are clear. anything with studs above the ankle is a red card.
“The VAR should have sent the referee to the review area. I am sure he would have decided that Salah should be sent off. Instead, he is free to play in the second leg.”
On looking at the replays, it is clear that Salah’s tackle was deserving of a straight red. However, the Egyptian was lucky to escape and will now feature in the second leg in Portugal.
Liverpool will head to Porto firmly in the driver’s seat with a comfortable 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino.
A draw would ensure they would face the winners of the tie between Manchester United and Barcelona in the semifinals.