‘Clear penalty’ - Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard hits out after rash challenge from Man City star Rodri during Norway’s defeat to Spain

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard was speaking after Norway’s 3-0 loss to Spain

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard hit out at the decision not to award Norway a penalty after he was clattered inside the 18-yard box during the 3-0 loss to Spain on Saturday night.

In the first half, and with the game at 1-0, the Man City midfielder was late with a challenge on the Arsenal man but despite the referee being in close proximity, he waved play on.

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Odegaard had got his shot away, which may have impacted the referee’s decision making, before caught by Rodri. The incident came just minutes after Dani Olmo had put Spain 1-0 ahead.

Joselu scored twice in three minutes late in the game to seal all three points for Spain but Odegaard was unhappy about Rodri’s challenge at full time.

He told TV2: “I’m pretty sure I should have had a penalty. He’s coming with his studs right on my ankle but I’m sure I’ll get punished [if I say anymore].

“I don’t bother saying anything else about the referee. It’s better not to say anything.”

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Norway manager Stale Solbakken was also frustrated by the decision, insisting it is was a clear penalty.

He added: “It is a clear penalty! He finishes the shot and you can’t [foul him]. If I knock someone down after the ball is gone, then it’s a penalty. I get a little bored of this.”

A similar incident occured during the top-of-the-table clash between Arsenal and Man City earlier this season as the Gunners were awarded a penalty after Ederson had fouled Eddie Nketiah following a shot on goal.

Arsenal scored from the spot as Man City went on to claim a 3-1 win in a gripping contest. Both clubs are back in action this weekend with Arsenal hosting Leeds United while City are at home to Liverpool.

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