Galatasaray vs Man United: Why Hakim Ziyech's Free Kick Goal Should Not Have Stood

Galatasaray vs Man United: Why Hakim Ziyech's Free Kick Goal Should Not Have Stood

Fred Kennedy
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Hakim Ziyech was Galatasaray's man of the moment vs Manchester United
  • The Chelsea loanee bagged a brace during the Champions League cracker
  • The tie ended in a 3-3 draw, leaving United sitting bottom of Group A

It has emerged that one of Galatasray's three goals during their Champions League cracker against Manchester United should not have stood.

The two teams played out to a 3-3 epic draw when they met on Wednesday night during their Group A clash played at RAMS Park.

Hakim Ziyech scores during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Galatasaray SK and Manchester United FC. Photo by ANP.
Hakim Ziyech scores during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Galatasaray SK and Manchester United FC. Photo by ANP.
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According to Sky Sports, United surrendered a 3-1 advantage to settle for a draw during the tie, with Hakim Ziyech scoring a brace for the hosts.

Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes handed United a 2-0 lead in the opening 18 minutes of the match before Ziyech pulled one back for the home side.

Scott McTominay went on to find the back of the net in the 55th minute, only to have his goal cancelled out by Ziyech before Muhammed Kerem Aktürkoğlu scored in the 71st minute to earn his side a precious point.

Ziyech's goal should not have counted

beIN Sports claims that Ziyech's free-kick goal in the 29th minute should not have been allowed to count, owing to a little-known rule.

According to football guidelines, opposition players are supposed to remain at least one metre from the wall until the ball is in play.

However, it has been claimed that Galatasaray had two players standing just 61 centimetres away, meaning Ziyech's goal should not have stood.

"If three or more defending players form a wall... all attacking players must remain at least one metre from the wall until the ball is in play. Galatasaray's goal should not have stood," beIN SPORTS posted on X, with an image highlighting the breach.

Onana cuts dejected face at full-time

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Onana finding himself on the receiving end after the full-time whistle, with a section of fans blaming him for United's capitulation.

However, the Cameroonian was seemingly as disappointed as every United supporter, with new footage showing him completely heartbroken after the draw.

In the video, a visibly distraught Onana can be seen throwing his gloves to the turf in frustration, before putting his head in his hands.

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