Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, believes the match official made the right call in allowing Luis Suarez’s goal to stand despite Leganes’ protests in Barcelona’s 3-1 win on Sunday night.
One goal each from Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi handed Barcelona a 3-1 win over Leganes, which allowed the league leaders to maintain their five-point advantage at the summit.
@LuisSuarez9 is now in the 5⃣ of Barça’s all-time scorers! Congrats, Luis!
⚽ Leo Messi 5⃣7⃣6⃣
⚽ César 2⃣3⃣2⃣
⚽ Kubala 1⃣9⃣4⃣
⚽ Samitier 1⃣8⃣4⃣
⚽ Luis Suárez 1⃣6⃣7⃣
⚽ Escolà 1⃣6⃣7⃣
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 20, 2019
Martin Braithwaite’s equaliser had made things interesting at Camp Nou, forcing Valverde to bring on Lionel Messi from the bench. The Argentinian, as expected, turned out to pivotal, playing a role in Suarez’s goal before getting on the scoresheet himself in injury time.
Suarez’s goal drew a lot of objections from the visitors, as they thought the Uruguayan had fouled Leganes keeper Ivan Cuellar while tucking in Messi’s rebound.
The goal, however, stood even after VAR’s review, and the Barcelona coach feels it was the correct decision.
“I thought it was a goal,” Valverde told Movistar, as quoted by Goal.
“What can I say, everyone sees it from their point of view, but if the referee has given it, it will be a goal. With VAR, the controversy is not over. It’s a clear goal. Suarez does not touch the goalkeeper, they have reviewed it.”
“There will always be controversy, mistakes will follow and you have to accept the error. That [errors] will not end with VAR, nor if it was a robot refereeing,” he concluded.