Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was awarded a bizarre ‘ghost goal’ during the Red Devils’ 3-1 victory over fierce rivals Liverpool in Miami on Monday night. However, the match officials disallowed it after eventually realising their mistake.
Ashley Young lofted in a cross from the right flank, the ball rebounded off the crossbar and straight into the path of the lurking Rooney, who tapped home to put United 3-1 ahead.
At least, that’s what appeared to happen on first viewing. On closer inspection, however, it was revealed that the ball had rebounded back off the framework of the goal on the roof of the net, which meant it had gone out of play and that a Liverpool goal kick should have been awarded.
Fortunately for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who was left a little red-faced by the incident, the goal was subsequently disallowed - while Rooney was left sporting a cheeky grin.
Watch: Wayne Rooney’s ‘ghost goal’
United beat Liverpool 3-1
United still went on to win the match 3-1, with the goals coming from Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.
Steven Gerrard opened the scoring for Brendan Rodgers’ side from the penalty spot after Phil Jones had brought down England international teammate Raheem Sterling inside the box.
Gerrard stepped up coolly to stroke the ball past David de Gea, as Liverpool went into the break 1-0 ahead.
However, United came out of the blocks firing in the second half and took the lead with two goals in as many minutes from Rooney and Mata.
The ghost goal incident happened 10 minutes later, but United scored their third of the night in the closing stages thanks to a fine finish from 21-year-old Lingard.
Past ‘Ghost Goals’
This isn’t the first time that a so-called ‘ghost goal’ has been scored. Indeed, in the past, several bizarre goals have been incorrectly awarded.
Back in October, Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling scored THIS truly remarkable phantom goal in a Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim.
And in September 2008, Reading were bizarrely awarded THIS GOAL in a Championship match with Watford, even though replays showed the ball was nowhere near crossing the line.
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