- Juventus forward Paulo Dybala had a contender for goal of the season ruled out on Wednesday.
- Dybala struck the ball from 25 yards, rifling it into the top-left corner.
- His teammate Cristiano Ronaldo interfered from an offside position, meaning the goal was not valid.
- Juventus ended up losing 2-1 to the Swiss side in an upset of little consequence.
- The Italian side is already through to the playoffs after finishing top of its group.
- Read all of Business Insider’s coverage of the 2018-19 European soccer season here.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala may have had a few choice words for Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday after Dybala’s 25-yard screamer was ruled out because his superstar teammate interfered from an offside position.
Juventus were down 2-1 against Switzerland’s BSC Young Boys in their final Champions League group game.
Though the Italian club’s progression to the playoffs was already secured, a defeat at the hands of the Swiss club would be an upset, to say the least.
In the second minute of injury time, the ball fell to Dybala, a mercurial striker, who lasered the ball from outside the box into the top-left corner.
As Dybala wheeled away in celebration, the referee blew his whistle, and the goal was ruled out.
Slow-motion replay footage revealed that Ronaldo – standing in an offside position – had attempted to flick the ball in with his head.
You can watch the footage below (note that the video is geoblocked for the US):
Though Ronaldo didn’t appear to touch the ball, the Football Association says that an offside can be ruled if a player is “clearly attempting to play a ball which is close when this action impacts on an opponent” or “making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball.”
People on Twitter were quick to admonish Ronaldo for his actions, which denied his teammate a superb, equalizing goal.
Ronaldo deprived Dybala of what could have been the GOAL OF THE SEASON! https://t.co/EoVYWiHzhM
— ASG (@ahadfoooty) December 12, 2018
Always said Ronaldo is NOT and will NEVER be a team player
Why's everyone so surprised he ruined a world class strike from Dybala to grab the headlines AGAIN
— Yazz Nasir (@Yazz_Official) December 13, 2018
Dybala scores an absolute screamer and Ronaldo jumps whilst offside to try and get a nick on it #egomaniac
Disallowed for offside ????
— ⚽️442oons⚽️ (@442oons) December 12, 2018
Dybala can find solace in the fact that Juventus’ only goal of the match also came from him – a fine strike taken on the half-volley from outside the box.
Juventus still finished top of their group after Valencia CF bested Manchester United on Wednesday.
Juventus and the rest of the teams progressing to the first Champions League knockout round will find out their next opponents on Monday.
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