By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Edinson Cavani grabbed an opponent’s throat, then grabbed a crucial late goal to send Manchester United into the English League Cup semifinals and a rematch with fierce rival Manchester City. Had VAR been in operation for the competition, the Uruguay striker mightn’t have been on the field to score United’s 88th-minute opener in the 2-0 win over Everton on Wednesday.
That’s because earlier in the half, Cavani was seen putting his right hand around the throat of Everton defender Yerry Mina and throwing the Colombian to the ground following a tussle between the South Americans. The incident apparently wasn’t spotted by match officials, who were unable to review it because no VAR is in place.
Anthony Martial then added a second goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time with virtually the last kick of the game at Goodison Park to seal United’s place in the one-legged semifinals, where the team was drawn at home to defending champion City in a repeat of the derby meeting from the same stage last season.