THE FIRST red card of the Premier League season has been shown to Anass Zaroury in Burnley’s clash with Manchester City.
It capped off a miserable night for the Clarets who fell to a 3-0 defeat to the Premier League champions.Zaroury had his yellow upgraded by VAR to review[/caption] Walker was forced off after the tackle[/caption]
Zaroury was initially shown a yellow for his tackle on Kyle Walker but had the card upgraded to red after intervened.
Zaroury’s legs created a scissor motion which led to Walker getting caught awkwardly.
The England man looked to have turned his ankle as part of the contact and could be looking at a spell on the sidelines as a result.
Pep wasn’t taking any chances with his full-back – who has attracted interest from Bayern Munich this – and withdrew Walker immediately.
Kevin De Buyne was also forced off after 22 minutes with an injury in what was another blow for Pep’s side.
Other than that it was a perfect night for Pep’s men and it looks to be business as usual again this season as Erling Haaland opened his account from close-range in just the fourth minute of the game from the edge of the six yard box.
While the first was a simple tap-in, his second showed all the caveats to Haaland’s game, as he curled a fine left-footed effort off the bar and in in the 36th minute.
Rodri made sure the points would be heading back to Manchester with a goal in the 75th minute.
The midfielder converted from close range after a scrappy action following a free kick.
The game was full of incidents away from the pitch too – with Rico Lewis being struck by a lighter in the first half.
A pitch invader also entered the pitch in the 86th minute and charged for Julian Alvarez in a scary moment for all involved.
It was the second time this year that Vincent Kompany had lost comprehensively to his former coach as Burnley manager.
And while 3-0 represents an improvement, it shows this Clarets side has a way to go as they look to mix it in the Premier League this season.