Technology blunder as Sheffield United are declined a goal due to technical problems, leaving them with a draw as the Premier League gets back underway.
Aston Villa secured a draw by the skin of their teeth as a Sheffield United goal was ruled out due to a technology problem in the first half.
Project Restart is finally underway as the Premier League recommences with Sheffield United & Aston Villa’s game showcasing the league’s return.
8′ A pressuring start from the blades as they harassed the Villa players in possession as they looked to break the deadlock, despite the Lions attempts to be the first to score.
18′ Villa seemed to get back into a defensive stride as the blades struggled to break through the opposing back four.
28′ An opportunity was missed. As the ball was flung in from the lions right wing, Sheffield’s Enda Stevens collected the ball and passed it to Oliver Norwood, who circulated it back around to the right wing. However, nothing came to fruition.
Despite the Blade’s showing a potential for dominance at the beginning of the game, the effort equaled out among the teams as they both struggled to break the deadlock in the first half.
41′ Free kick and a disallowed goal. Delivered in by Norwood, the ball met the hands of Villa’s ‘keeper Ørjan Nyland. However, the Sheffield players argued for a goal to be allowed as the ball appeared to be behind the goal post.
Second half got back underway, Sheffield were still goalless due to the problem with goal-line technology.
58′ A through ball behind the United back three found the feet of Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi, who was able to cross the ball across the box. However, Keinan Davis’ sliding attempt to break the deadlock could not reach the ball in time as it rolled past the center forward’s feet.
Despite the Lions escaping by the skin of their teeth due to the disallowed goal in the first half, they have dominated the second as they made more attempts on goal as they approached the second and final drinks-break.
69′ First set of substitutions, upped to a maximum of five players.
- Off: Sander Berge & Billy Sharp
- On: David McGoldrick & Luke Freeman
- Off: El Ghazi & Davis
- On: Trézéguet & Mbwana Samatta
76′ Second set of subs sent on by Villa.
- Off: John McGinn & Ezri Konsa
- On: Marvelous Nakamba & Ahmed Elmohamady
80′ Sheffield subbed out Oli McBurnie for Lys Mousset to try and break through the deadlock in the dying minutes of this match.
A draw for the Lions would allow them to edge closer towards safety from relegation. However, a win for United would see them three points closer to securing a place within the Europa League – the first Sheffield-based side to do achieve this feat.
Despite the best efforts, the disallowed goal in the first half, has robbed United of three points.
Sheffield United 0 – Aston Villa 0