Inter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez was shown a second yellow card for a reckless challenge to Liverpool midfielder Fabinho during Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Anfield
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And the Liverpool player’s wife was keen to illustrate her disappointment at the tackle by posting an angry emoji text and the words: “Goodbye Alexis.”
Sanchez’s dismissal took place in the 63rd minute, just minutes after Inter took the lead thanks to a beautiful goal from Lautaro Martinez.
Inter won 1-0 but that was not enough to reverse the 2-0 deficit in the first leg, as Jurgen Klopp’s men advanced to the quarter-finals.
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Sanchez’s red card has divided football fans, with many claiming he has had enough contact with the ball.
However, others believed the Chilean had failed to control the ball and noted how his studs caught Fabinho in the ankle, potentially leaving him with a serious injury.
“I don’t understand why we have to discuss red cards,” Liverpool manager Klopp told his post-match press conference.
“If you can only win the ball, if you endanger the opponent when you do that, then you don’t win the ball.
“If Fabinho came in with the same intention, with his foot out, both players would be injured.
“I think he was lucky that he didn’t get a red card in the first half, when Thiago was over his knees.
“Passion is good, perfectly fine, but it doesn’t help if it leads to these things.”
Sanchez was lucky to avoid a red card in the first half, using Liverpool midfielder Thiago’s stud just below the knee.
However, the legend of Man Utd Rio Ferdinand thought sending was harsh.
“He won the ball, you can’t tell me he shouldn’t try and take that ball, look how low his feet are,” the former defender told BT Sport.
“He’s putting his leg away, in such slow motion that it makes it look worse than it really is.
“He’s really going to win the ball, he’s stupid to give the referee a chance to make a decision, but it’s harsh.
“Yes, it was a foul, but I don’t believe it was yellow.
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“The reaction from the referee to me is that of someone who hasn’t played the game, that’s really how I feel.”
And the former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger told beIN Sports: “You have to try because when you’re leading 1-0 [on aggregate] 20 minutes left, you fear the worst.
“I think the referee killed the game at the wrong time. It was interesting to see the last 25 minutes 11v11.
“Although I have to say, Liverpool deserved to qualify in two games because even today they hit the post three times.
“But I don’t agree with the referee’s decision, because he could have given Sanchez a red card for the first foul.
“With the second, it wasn’t just a foul and Fabinho capitalized on it, but it also killed off a small portion of the fun of the game in the final 20 minutes.”
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