Dominic Calvert-Lewin has labelled his disallowed goal against Manchester United a ‘disaster’.
Everton had a lot of opportunities to score from set-pieces in the second half but captain Harry Maguire was a rock at the back, knocking away everything that came his way.
There wasn’t much attacking quality on display after the break. Sure, United had a great chance to score at the end when Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo came close, but it was the Toffees who thought they won the game deep into stoppage time.
Gylfi Sigurdsson saw his low shot saved by David de Gea before Calvert-Lewin put his rebounding effort into the back of the net.
Although the linesman did not lift his flag for offside, VAR intervened and disallowed the goal to correct the referee’s mistake.
When initially shown a replay of the goal Calvert-Lewin was visibly baffled by the decision.
“That is a disaster,” the Everton player is quoted by the Manchester Evening News. “Oh my gosh. He’s not even obstructing the line of sight.”
MEN also picked up on comments made by Calvert-Lewin later on. He stood by his comments but admitted they couldn’t do much once VAR intervened.
“In the moment, I wasn’t sure. Seeing it back I think Gylfi on the floor doesn’t obstruct the line of sight,” he told Sky Sports.
“Fair enough, he’s in an offside position but then it takes a deflection [off Maguire], the keeper is going the other way and he’s got his legs out of the way. The keeper is never going to save the ball so I’m not sure what it is.
“For me, as a striker, I think it’s a goal but VAR says otherwise and cancels out the emotion at the end. What can you do?”