- Alisson somehow avoided being sent off in Brazil’s clash against Ecuador, despite being shown a red card twice by the ref
- The Liverpool goalie was having a nightmare game, and was twice caught in compromising situations against two different players
- The crazy game ended in a 1-1 stalemate, but it was Ecuador who finished with 10 men as their goalkeeper was sent off
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was shown a red card twice in Brazil’s clash with Ecuador on Thursday, January 27.
But despite being handed his marching orders two times, the Brazilian somehow managed to stay on the pitch as VAR overturned both decisions.
Alisson is one of the most admired goalkeepers in world football, and his performances have helped Liverpool clinch the Champions League and Premier League in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
But with all his prowess in front of goal, Alisson was not having the best of matches in an ill-tempered game against Ecuador, and this was summed up by his two reprieves, as reported by BBC.
In the 30th minute, Alisson was shown a red card for a high boot on Enner Valencia but it was eventually downgraded after the referee had a lengthy look at the screen.
It was eventually concluded that Valencia had ran into Alisson’s foot.
His ‘second’ sending off came after nearly an hour, and this time, he collided with Ayrton Preciado in what was initially given as a penalty.
Preciado was running onto a loose ball and Alisson had to be quick off his line to quell the attacker, but he ended up making contact with the Ecuador international’s head.
Bizarrely, upon a second look, the referee concluded that Alisson had gotten to the ball first and the red card decision was overturned again.
A game full of drama
To make matters more interesting, Alisson’s challenges were not the only highlights of the game as there was indeed a red card in the encounter, but it went to Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.
Dominguez was sent off for a high boot as he ran out of his area and caught Matheus Cunha. Unlucky for him, the referee did not overturn the decision.
Argentina players decry about mistreatment
In other news, Argentina players claim to have been mistreated at the hotel they were staying at in Chile ahead of their World Cup qualifier
Midfielder Rodrigo De Paul Read alleged that his team’s players were not allowed to used the bathroom once they landed in Chile, and their hotel room had water supply cut off.
Regardless, Argentina managed to beat Chile 2-1 in the crunch World Cup qualifier.