Barça-Valencia: penalty shout over possible Rakitic handball


Barça-Valencia: penalty shout over possible Rakitic handball

Valencia call for early penalty over possible Rakitic handball

The referee opted not to award Los Che an early penalty, later turning down a Barcelona appeal and pointing to the spot just before half time.
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Valencia were left appealing for a penalty after a possible handball by midfielder Ivan Rakitic early on in Barcelona's 4-2 LaLiga win at the Camp Nou.

Rakitic handball?

In the eighth minute, Fabián Orellana headed a far-post cross back towards the centre of the area, only for the ball to bounce off Rakitic - with replays unable to fully clarify whether it hit the Croat's arm or only his stomach.

Neymar shout turned down, foul on Suárez given

Referee Alejandro José Hernández Hernández waved away Los Che's calls for a spot-kick, doing likewise to Barça a quarter of an hour later when Neymar went down under Ezequiel Garay's challenge.

In the closing stages of the first half, however, the official did award a penalty after Luis Suárez was brought down by Eliaquim Mangala when through on goal.

The defender, who had scored the game's opening goal, was shown a straight red card and Leo Messi netted from 12 yards to put Barça 2-1 up at the time.


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