Man United lose 1-0 to Real Sociedad after harsh penalty call against Lisandro Martinez

Manchester United players protest after a penalty is given against Lisandro Martinez

Manchester United were defeated 1-0 by Real Sociedad in their Europa League match on Thursday evening due to a controversial penalty decision.

The game went ahead at Old Trafford despite the death of Queen Elizabeth II earlier in the day.

A lovely tribute took place before the match as everyone inside the stadium paid tribute to Her Majesty, The Queen.

A minute’s silence was held and players from both sides wore black armbands in her memory.

It was Real Sociedad who won 1-0 courtesy of a controversial second-half penalty.

A shot on goal by Man City legend David Silva rebounded off Lisandro Martinez’s leg and hit his arm.

The referee pointed to the spot and awarded the away side a penalty. Martinez was even given a yellow card.

United players, including Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire, protested the decision heavily.

Brais Mendez scores his penalty against David De Gea in Manchester United 0-1 Real Sociedad
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 08: Brais Mendez of Real Sociedad scores their team’s first goal from the penalty spot past David de Gea of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on September 08, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

VAR looked at the incident but decided that the decision to give the penalty was the right call.

Brais Mendez then stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards. It was a very harsh penalty call and you can view it below…

VIDEO: View the controversial penalty call against Manchester United

VIDEO: Brais Martinez buries his penalty, which turned out to be the winner

The rules of the game suggest that a penalty was not the right call, as the ball deflected off Martinez’s leg before hitting his arm.

United pushed for an equaliser but could not find the goal they needed and succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.

It was a historic night for the Spanish side, who recorded their first ever victory over an English side.

Sheriff defeated Omonia 3-0 in the other game in Group E. United travel to Moldova to play the Sheriff next Thursday.

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