Gary Lineker has questioned the decision to send off Marcus Danielson during Sweden’s Euro 2020 encounter with Ukraine.
Ukraine ultimately sealed their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, after a last-gasp goal from Artem Dovbyk in extra time secured a 2-1 win against Sweden.
Sweden were reduced to 10 men nine minutes into extra time, after Danielson caught Ukraine’s Artem Besyedin with his studs high on the leg after clearing the ball.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 29, 2021
Gary Lineker in disbelief at Sweden’s red card.
Besyedin had to go off after the challenge from Danielson, who was shown a red card by referee Daniele Orsato after a VAR check.
However, Lineker firmly believes that Orsato came to the wrong decision, arguing that the challenge was not even worthy of a free kick as Danielson was clearing the ball and unable to bring his foot down in time.
“That’s not a red card. He’s perfectly entitled to clear that ball. Slow motion once again turning an innocuous challenge look more than it was. Ridiculous,” Lineker tweeted.
“When you kick a football it’s almost impossible not to follow through (not that kind of follow through by the way).
“Just because a player gets injured because someone kicked a football and accidentally catches him on the follow through doesn’t make it a foul, let alone a red.”
When you kick a football it’s almost impossible not to follow through (not that kind of follow through btw). Just because a player gets injured because someone kicked a football and accidentally catches him on the follow through doesn’t make it a foul, let alone a red.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) June 29, 2021
Ukraine set up last eight tie with England.
Ukraine will go on to face England in the last eight of Euro 2020 in what will be their first-ever quarter-final in the European competition, and only their second quarter-final at a major tournament.
England will be favourites for the game, after beating Germany 2-0 at Wembley, although Gareth Southgate’s side will have to leave home comforts behind for the first time in the tournament as they face the Ukrainians in Rome.
The winner of that tie will face either Denmark or the Czech Republic in the semi-final, in what has been described as the weaker side of the draw in the knockout stages of Euro 2020.