Remarkable Sadio Mané admits to a handball before VAR’s call

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Since Sadio Mané left Liverpool to Bayern Munich, he has settled invariably well to record his name consistently in every game as the Bundesliga champions kickstarted their season on a classical level.

Mane, like in the preseason tour, scored his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern in the 6-1 thumping of Eintracht Frankfurt at Deutsche Bank Park. Although the prolific striker was unable to get his second against VfL Wolfsburg, refutably, he saved it for VfL Bochum where he netted a brace.

The Senegalese was impressive in the 7-0 routing of Bochum to allay any resultant regret Robert Lewandowski’s exit would have caused the Bavarians.

Former Manchester City’s forward Leroy Sane got the opener before Matthijs de Ligt headed Joshua Kimmich’s corner kick into the net.

The third goal for Bayern came from Kingsley Coman, who provided the assist for the Sane’s opener, with a powerful right-footed shot to beat Bochum’s goalie, Manuel Riemann.

However, something remarkable happened which is worthy of emulation as Mané got the fourth for Bavarians but signified to the referee that it was a handball before VAR made a review to cancel the goal.

Sportsmen, like an established fact, will exploit any advantageous means to defeat their opponents but Mané chose to defile the odds to display honesty and discipline in the game.

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Recall that Diego Maradona had utilised this means which was tagged “The hand of God” to edge out England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final match.

Although the Argentine and Partenopei legend was celebrated, his action invariably questioned the discipline of the game.

Aside from Maradona’s, Lionel Messi also repeated the same thing against Espanyol 15 years ago in a La Liga match when Frank Rijkard was in charge of Barcelona.

Consequently, Mané, having admitted it was a handball, did not waste time as it only took about 2 minutes before he netted Bayern’s fourth in the 42nd minute and in the 60th minute, he got his brace.

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