Around the half hour mark, Messi thrashed a blistering strike from just outside the box, which proved to be too much for the Valencia shot-stopper, Neto, as he couldn’t hold onto the ball, and it got through his legs to roll over the goal line.
The Argentine star, along with his fellow teammates, was off celebrating, but to everyone’s disbelief, the game continued as Valencia launched a counter attack and missed marginally to put one past Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the other end.
The replays clearly showed that the ball had completely crossed the line, and the horrendous decision was nothing but a product of the missing goal line technology, which unlike the rest of the top leagues in Europe, still hasn’t been introduced in Spain.
— Messi……still Messi, oh what a goal➰ (@almasx10) November 26, 2017
Messi’s disallowed goal proved even more vital as the game ended in a 1-1 draw, which cut short Barca’s lead at the top to just 4 points.
Meanwhile, fans took it out on social media, as twitter exploded with tweets condemning the referee’s decision and the absence of goal line technology in La Liga.
— MrQuaye (@_MrQuaye) November 26, 2017
If football league was a 3rd world country . https://t.co/KSsEzbPdED
— Vindelof (@SemperFiUtd) November 26, 2017
In spite of the controversial draw at Mestalla, Barca still remain at the top with 35 points. Valencia too, held their second spot in the table, as both the Madrid giants, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, sit at 3rd and 4th places with 27 points each.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.