Kevin De Bruyne seemingly dives to win Erling Haaland's match-winning penalty vs Fulham
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Kevin De Bruyne has been accused of diving in the box to win a stoppage-time penalty for Manchester City, which ultimately won them the game.
The 31-year-old went down in the box after minimal contact from Fulham left-back Antonee Robinson. The defender seemed to brush the heel of De Bruyne, who went down hysterically with his arms up towards the referee.
The penalty was ultimately given and on his return, Premier League top scorer Erling Haaland dispatched the penalty past Bernd Leno, who got a hand to the strike.
He had only been on the pitch for 25 minutes prior, but the goal was Haaland's 18th league goal of the season, putting him 8 clear of nearest challenger Harry Kane.
The game started well for City, who scored early on after a lovely through ball from Ilkay Gundogan was smashed in off the crossbar by young striker Julian Alvarez.
10 minutes later, a long ball was won in the air by Fulham, who looked to be through on goal with Harry Wilson before Joao Cancelo clattered into him in the box as the last man, and was sent off.
Ex-Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira put away the penalty to draw Fulham level, and Man City were left to play the remaining 65 minutes with 10 men.
Erling Haaland came on with 25 minutes to go though, and had a goal disallowed for offside shortly after coming on. He ultimately made the difference late on though.
The 95th minute winner was enough to see City past Fulham and for them to regain top spot over Arsenal.
The penalty decision has made football fans livid, as many have been voicing their opinions on social media:
If Mohamed Salah dived the way— 𝑾𝒊𝒍𝒄𝒐🧣 (@KIopptinho) November 5, 2022
Kevin De Bruyne did today to win that penalty, the media would never leave him alone
Of course when De Bruyne does it it’s “brilliant” and “clever”. Imagine the words used if it was Salah doing this… pic.twitter.com/UO9j51oYzz— Biggies Malls 2.0 (@Biggies_MaIIs) November 5, 2022
Apparently de bruyne’s is a pen and Jadon Sancho’s isn’t. @premierleague destroying the league year in year out. #MCIFUL pic.twitter.com/dopw3vEE9M— Maverick UTD🇾🇪 (@Aye_Eras) November 5, 2022
The challenge is a soft one, but whether it is a penalty or not is up for debate.
Manchester City have continued their good run of form with another win, making it 4 wins from the last 5 games as their title push surges on.
Nearest title challengers Arsenal play Chelsea tomorrow in a London derby that could be massive in deciding who will be top of the league come the World Cup break.
But with Kevin De Bruyne in world class form and Erling Haaland back from injury already, who's going to stop City from winning it all?
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