Internet Desk: A ‘ghost goal’ from Lionel Messi cost Barcelona full points against Valencia in a top of the table clash of La Liga on Sunday. The Barcelona legend was denied a clear goal as TV replays show the ball cross the goal-line.
Valencia goalkeeper Neto failed to gather a shot from the Argentine superstar as the ball slipped between his legs to cross the goal line before he scooped the ball away.
However, to Messi’s amazement neither the referee nor his assistant signalled for the goal to stand.
Unlike in Europe’s other major leagues such as the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A, the goal line technology is not introduced in La Liga due to concerns over costs.
Against the run of play Valencia took the lead in the 60th minute from a close range strike by Spanish international Rodrigo Moreno.
Barcelona scored the equaliser in the 82nd minute of the match. Messi curled in an inch-perfect lob into Jordi Alba’s path, which the left back finished first time from a difficult angle to give parity.
The Catalonian giants have hit out at the referee’s decision to disallow the goal.
Below is the video of ‘ghost goal’ from Messi that was disallowed by the referee.
Messi’s disallowed goal obviously crossed the line.
— Sports Radio BrilaFM (@889BrilaFM) November 27, 2017