Barcelona penalty against Manchester United overturned by VAR after Ivan Rakitic collapsed after pressure from Fred in the Champions League clash
- Barcelona received a penalty in the opening phase at the Nou Camp
- Ivan Rakitic went down into the area after contacting Fred on Tuesday evening
- The referee then overturned his decision to give United a very short lifeline
- Lionel Messi then scored twice within four minutes to get Barcelona under control
- Barcelona won 3-0 against the United outfit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United received an early but very short lifebuoy at the Nou Camp when a Barcelona penalty fell due to VAR in the Champions League clash.
Ivan Rakitic had won a penalty for the hosts in the opening phase after contacting Fred in the penalty area during the quarterfinals of the second leg of Tuesday night.
The referee, Felix Brych, initially awarded the Catalan giants a spot kick, but soon checked VAR to see if his decision was under pressure from United.
Ivan Rakitic initially won a penalty for Barcelona after being eliminated under pressure from Fred
The Croatian midfielder falls to the ground before the referee points to the penalty
Manchester United players protest against referee Felix Brych while watching VAR on Tuesday
However, the penalty was eventually overruled after Brych went to the video assistant's referee – as it showed that Fred won the ball for any contact with the Croatian midfielder.
But United & # 39; s lifeline was very short, as Lionel Messi quickly put Barcelona on the ground thanks to a brilliant left-hand finish in the bottom corner, leaving David de Gea no chance.
And it soon became much worse for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and this time De Gea would have kicked himself.
Brych looks closely at the VAR screen before making his final decision at the Nou Camp
This time, Messi got the ball on his weaker right foot before winding it straight to De Gea.
However, the United man threw it in his own net to set up Barcelona 2-0 in the night and merged 3-0 after only 20 minutes of the second leg.
An excellent goal by Philippe Coutinho in the second half wrapped the win in as Barcelona moved on to the semi-final, where they will meet Liverpool or Porto.
The referee brings his decision down, but United & # 39; s lifeline would be very short on Tuesday