Fernandinho miraculously escapes serious injury after sickening Hojberg tackle that led to red card during Man City’s win over Southampton
FERNANDINHO was lucky to escape serious injury following a real X-rated challenge from Pierre-Emile Hojberg.
With Southampton 3-1 down to a resurgent Manchester City and with five minutes to go, Hojberg was shown a straight red by referee Paul Tierney.
This was the horror tackle from Pierre-Emile Hojberg on Man City midfielder Pierre-Emile HojbergReuters
The only surprise was how Fernandinho managed to escape serious injuryGetty Images – Getty
Hojberg really could have ended a career with that tackle. Like, don’t do that.
— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G) December 30, 2018
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It meant the 23-year-old Dane’s day ended on a sour note after he had earlier scored to level things up at 1-1.
But he can certainly have no complaints over his dismissal.
He aimed a scissor tackle at City’s Brazilian midfielder that will leave you wincing every time you watch it.
The only surprise was that Fernandinho wasn’t injured from it.
Fernandinho let out a cry of shock after Hojberg slid in unfairlyGetty Images – Getty
Many commentators on social media were shocked how the Man City midfielder managed to get straight back upGetty Images – Getty
Paul Tierney had one of his easiest decisions to make in the game as he brandished a red cardReuters
Moi Elyounoussi was absolutely terrible today – and Hojberg was really stupid getting that red card – how did we get so bad!? #saintsfc
— Richard Bennett (@RJBennett28) December 30, 2018
Incredibly the 33-year-old bounced back to his feet, incandescent at Hojberg.
The referee immediately separated the players and sent Hojberg walking down the tunnel early.
And there was a fair bit of criticism on social media for Saints’ midfielder.
Richard Bennett posted that Hojberg was “really stupid getting that red card”.
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Stupid challenge from Hojberg
— Dan (@Blackie081294) December 30, 2018
Clear, clear red. Why did Hojberg even try to protest?
— Llemar Rojé (@Llemar_B90M) December 30, 2018
Ugly there from Hojberg. Better player than that. Could have destroyed Fernandinho
— Virginia Blue Christmas (@VA_Blues) December 30, 2018
Arijt Dey wrote that “Hojberg needs a proper slap on the backside”, before describing it as an “absolutely horrible challenge”.
Mike Goodman wrote that he “could have ended a career with that tackle”, while Llemar Roje wrote that it was a “clear, clear red” before expressing surprise that he “even try to protest”.
Another wrote that the tackle “could have destroyed Fernandinho”.
Goals from David Silva, a James Ward-Prowse own-goal and Sergio Aguero cancelled out Hojberg’s strike to secure Pep Guardiola’s champions a 3-1 win.