Catalan media believe that the penalty shot by Lionel Messi just before the break and stopped by Keylor Navas should have been withdrawn. They point to the attitude of Marco Verratti, who would have entered the box too early.
It is this photo that Mundo Deportivo chose for his headline: that of the penalty shot by Lionel Messi, just before the break. Keylor Navas has his eyes riveted on the ball, which he will push back a few tenths of a second later on the bar. We also see Marco Verratti. According to the Catalan press, the Italian would have entered the half-circle of the penalty area before Messi shot.
The referee “only looked if Keylor Navas had crossed the goal line”, writes the Mundo Deportivo, who believes that the penalty should be withdrawn: “there is no doubt”. The action was therefore verified by the VAR, which did not change the decision of the refereeing body. “One of the biggest failures of VAR, the penalty,” writes Ace
“We deserved better, at least to lead 2-1 at the break”
Comments that feed the regrets of the Catalans, who could then have taken the advantage 2-1 if the Argentinian had converted his penalty. Ronald Koeman believes that his team “deserved better”. “We had a great first half, we were superior and the attitude of the team was very good. We deserved better, at least to lead 2-1 at the break, and things would have been different,” said said the Dutchman at the microphone of the Spanish channel Movistar.
Despite everything, Barça leaves C1 “with the honors”, like the title Mundo Deportivo, both the Catalans tried to catch up with their delay conceded in the first leg (4-1).