Thursday 14 November 2019

Kompany vents frustration after 'clear penalty'

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany reacts following his team's defeat at Camp Nou
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany reacts following his team's defeat at Camp Nou

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany last night hit out at the controversial moment when Edin Dzeko was denied what appeared a clear penalty, leading to Pablo Zabaleta being sent off for voicing dissent.

Kompany briefly put City level on the night with his late effort, but he was left frustrated when match official Stéphane Lannoy waved away City’s appeals for a spot kick when Dzeko appeared to be taken down as he ran into the Barcelona box. The referee further infuriated City when he showed Zabaleta a second yellow card for his protests.

“Going for a second time down to 10 men after it was a clear penalty I think ... it is not easy conditions to come and play against a strong team,” said Kompany. “For me it was a clear penalty, he was in a position to shoot and I think Edin’s triggering foot is getting caught and it takes the chance away.  We can discuss stuff like that and ultimately you never know if it would have been enough to qualify, but we gave everything we had.

“I think I can speak for the team, we’ve got nothing left in the tank, we gave everything. A few times we could have scored and obviously it would have changed the game.

City, meanwhile, face an anxious wait to establish the extent of the Sergio Aguero hamstring injury which forced him off at half-time.

“He felt some kind of pain in his muscle,” said City’s assistant Ruben Cousillas, standing in for the suspended Manuel Pellegrini. “We are doing some tests to assess it.

“It will be up to the medical staff who determine the extent of the injury.”

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