Jose Mourinho lastly unleashed his Fab 4 – and but we nonetheless ended up speaking about VAR.
Tottenham boss Mourinho began with Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Gareth Bale and Dele Alli for the primary time and was not less than rewarded with a tough fought three factors at Craven Cottage.
However nonetheless, slightly than the enjoyment of watching such an attacking line-up (are you able to think about how a lot it harm Mourinho to be so open), the curse of video expertise struck once more.
Fulham boss Scott Parker was left livid by the most recent VAR handball shocker which has left everybody totally bemused concerning the legal guidelines of the sport.
Josh Maja was denied what appeared to be a superbly good and nicely deserved equaliser as a result of the ball hit Mario Lamina’s arm which was by his facet however nonetheless dominated out after a VAR overview.
Soccer’s lawmakers IFAB meet on Friday and the handball regulation is on the agenda and you’ll solely hope they make it clear as a result of the present confusion coupled with VAR is taking the enjoyable out of the sport.
Fulham deserved extra, Tottenham received away with one and we’ve been speaking about refereeing controversy slightly than the soccer on far too many events this season.
You do get the sensation, nevertheless, we’d not see Mourinho play such an attacking line-up once more for fairly a while as a result of it was open and, nicely, far too entertaining for such an arch pragmatist.
The disgrace of it was that one other overview denied Alli his first objective in almost a yr as a result of the doubtful objective panel deemed the ultimate contact got here Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo.
But extra killjoys guilty. Why they need to intervene is anybody’s guess. Alli, beginning his first Premier League sport for the reason that opening day, would have gotten his first objective since March 7, 2020, and Adarabioyo was left with an undesirable personal objective.
The Tottenham breakthrough got here after 19 minutes as three of the 4 mixed brilliantly and the entire ahead line did stretch Fulham’s defence to the restrict within the first half.
Bale, Son and Alli had been concerned earlier than Son’s low cross flashed throughout objective, Alli flicked it in direction of the web however the remaining contact got here off Adarabioyo.
Credit score to Fulham who may have simply collapsed. However, just like the story of their season, they refuse to surrender.
Extremely, Fulham had seven mortgage gamers of their beginning line-up and the way Scott Parker has received them so dedicated for the trigger is nothing in need of outstanding.
Fulham may have simply levelled in first half damage time after they put collectively a terrific transfer, Antonee Robinson weaved his means into the field, Maja arrange Lemina however he fired horribly over.
However Fulham saved going. Joachim Andersen noticed a header brilliantly tipped over by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris after which Fulham had been denied a 63rd minute equaliser by VAR Peter Bankes.
Maja had the ball within the web, Fulham celebrated and but it was overturned as a result of Davinson Sanchez’s clearance hit Lamina’s arm and it was deemed handball.
What made it even worse was the replay being proven on the massive display within the stadium which prompted immediate uproar amongst Fulham’s gamers and employees with an enormous sense of injustice.
Finally, Fulham’s probability was gone as Mourinho reverted to kind as he dragged off each Alli and Bale – nicely, it needed to be these two – and despatched on the extra defensively-minded Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura.
We would not see such an attacking line-up once more for some time.
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