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Penalty or No Penalty? Fans Say One Thing After Sevilla’s Penalty Call In Europa League Final
- AS Roma locked horns with Sevilla for the UEFA Europa League trophy
- The Giallorossi broke the game's deadlock via a well-taken goal from Paulo Dybala
- The six-time winners of Europe's second-tier competition levelled the score via an own goal from Roma's Mancini
Football fans, for once, appeared to be in agreement with a VAR review decision on a penalty call during AS Roma's UEFA Europa League final with Sevilla on Wednesday night.
With the final of Europe's secondary club competition evenly poised at 1-1, referee Anthony Taylor was put in the spotlight with a tough decision to make, which could alter the destiny of the grand finale.
Argentine attacker Lucas Ocampos appeared to be caught in the box by a Roma defender after he forced his way to the goal. Initial replay showed the Sevilla man had been fouled, with Anthony Taylor pointing to the spot.
But upon a second look via the Video Assistant Referee, the English official reversed his decision, awarding a foul in favour of Sevilla instead.
Most often than not, such decisions have sparked controversy and divided opinions among fans. However, this was different, with the majority agreeing that there was minimal contact, hence the no-penalty call.
Fans react to no-penalty call
"No penalty. He got the ball first, and the follow-through contact was not enough to take him down."
@Vintage_Jibril concurred with @Zang___:
"Never a penalty ... not enough contact there."
"Got the ball, so never a penalty."
Another user, @EM1_Szn, agreed with the masses:
"Never a penalty. Not enough contact."
"Never a Pen 100%."
Mourinho's reaction after Dybala goal
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Dybala received a fantastic pass from deep, allowing it to run across his body before scoring precisely beyond Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.
However, a cool, calm, and collected Mourinho strode off as if nothing had happened while the Roma bench sprung from their seats.