What a save… from the REFEREE! Match official accidentally blocks goal-bound effort in Mexican league to bemusement of Cruz Azul’s players… but hosts manage to hold on for 3-2 win
- Cruz Azul were deprived of a goal against Toluca in the Guard1anes Clausura
- The referee Oscar Macias Romo blocked Jonathan Rodriguez’s clear shot on goal
- Toluca were then awarded a goal kick despite Romo’s interference in the game
- Cruz Azul did, however, achieve their fifth consecutive by winning the game 3-2
Cruz Azul seventh day showdown with Toluca at the Azteca stadium proved to be more dramatic than first thought.
Cruz Azul were deprived of a goal against their rivals on Sunday after the referee, Oscar Macias Romo, got in the way of a goal-bound effort.
The hosts did, however, achieve their fifth consecutive victory in the Guard1anes Clausura 2021 after finishing the game 3-2.
Cruz Azul were deprived of a goal after referee Oscar Macias Romo blocked the shot
The incident took place after Luis Romo hit the post despite beating the goalkeeper, Luis Garcia, and having a clear shot on goal.
As a result, the ball rebounded to Jonathan Rodriguez who had no goalkeeper and only one defender on the line.
However, referee Romo crossed the penalty box and unintentionally blocked Rodriguez’s shot – sending the ball out of play.
Luis Romo hit the post despite beating the goalkeeper and having a clear shot on goal (above)
As a result, the ball rebounded to Jonathan Rodriguez (above) for a second attempt on goal
However, Romo crossed the penalty box and unintentionally blocked Rodriguez’s shot (above)
Despite severe criticism, the referee resumed the game with a goal kick to the visitors.
The home side were left furious as the incident saw them deprived of a third goal in the 36th minute of the game.
However, Guillermo Pol Fernandez provided the winning goals to see Juan Reynoso’s men triumph.
As a result, Cruz Azul won the game to take the lead of the Guardianes 2021 – sitting on 15 points while Toluca remain on 13.