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Stones delivered a remarkable goal-line clearance during the win over Liverpool..

Tweet claims to show Liverpool's 'ghost goal' vs Man City actually crossed the line

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Saying Liverpool came close to taking the lead at Manchester City would be an understatement.

By close, we mean just 1.12 centimetres in what proved a remarkable goal-line scramble during the first-half, resulting in a heroic clearance from John Stones.

Following a fantastic team move from Liverpool, Sadio Mane found himself clear through on goal and was unlucky to his one-on-one effort strike the post.

However, the opportunity wasn't finished there and Stones nearly sparked one of the most bizarre own goals in Premier League history by clearing the ball against Ederson.

Literally milliseconds before the ball crossed the line, though, Stones arrived to hammer the ball clear and without hitting Mohamed Salah who proceeded to close him down.

John Stones' remarkable clearance

It was a truly vital moment in the game, with City eventually going on to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane, while Roberto Firmino scored for the visitors.

But the original effort was so close to going in that Liverpool fans quickly demanded the goal-line technology to see exactly what happened.

The graphic showed what looks like 95% of the ball over the line and so much so that certain angles of the clearance make it look like the whole of the ball is over the whole of the line.

Manchester City v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Fan's tweet completely backfires

Of course, Hawk-Eye simply doesn't get these decisions wrong and any supporters claiming otherwise were accused of wearing a tinfoil hat.

That didn't stop one particular Twitter user from testing a different theory, though, and they used images of the ball's shadow to suggest Liverpool had actually scored.

They seemed pretty convinced, compiling three images and writing the simple caption: "Look at the shadow of the ball #MCILIV."

Don't worry, plenty of people did and the tweet backfired in spectacular fashion. Check out the tweet and the reaction down below: 

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

You don't need a degree in physics to know why this argument is flawed and there have been plenty of amusing replies setting the record straight.

There would be some utterly bizarre goals scored in football if it was the shadow of the ball that counted as opposed to the sphere itself.

In fairness, the ball is unbelievably close to crossing the line but Stones arrived in the nick of time and not one millisecond later.

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And it was so agonising that you just know it will continue to be a talking point if City go on to usurp Liverpool later in the season.

The Reds are still in control of the Premier League table, yet small margins can decide a title race and there was certainly small margins at the Etihad Stadium.

Just 1.12 centimetres but three massive points for City.

Who do you think will win the title - Liverpool or Man City? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
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Ederson Santana de Moraes
Sadio Mane
Mohamed Salah
John Stones
Premier League
Manchester City
Liverpool

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