Sadio Mane elbow on Cesar Azpilicueta is second time he escaped red for similar

Sadio Mane was lucky to escape a red card just seconds into Liverpool's Premier League trip to take on Chelsea on Sunday – and he has done similar in the past.

Following a cross field pass after kick-off, the Senegal international challenged Cesar Azpilicueta in the air – and his elbow clattered into the face of the Spain defender.

The 29-year-old looked upset after seeing the yellow card that was brandished by referee Anthony Taylor, with cameras showing Thomas Tuchel fuming that it wasn't more.

With supporters of Chelsea unsurprisingly fuming on social media, it was fans of Arsenal who pointed back to a similar incident against them last season.

During their Premier League meeting at Anfield back in September of 2020, Mane received only a yellow after catching Kieran Tierney in the face with his left elbow.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said at the time: "He's got to be careful. There was obvious movement across to Tierney.

"He could be in a bit of trouble. He may just get away with it."

With one fan saying in anger: "Blatant red. Where was the VAR check on that one."

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Fast-forward to January 2nd of 2022, the comments of former United defender Neville as well as rival supporters are remarkably similar.

Neville said: "The Chelsea manager doesn't think he should be on the pitch.

"It's not a great one from Mane. It's six seconds into the game and maybe that's what helps him."

With a fan writing: "Sadio Mane gets away with side fouls like this week after week after week!"

With Liverpool going on to beat Arsenal 3-1 after Mane's third minute booking last season, he gave them the lead against Chelsea on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah then added a second, but home fans would go into half-time the happier following strikes from Matteo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic.

Both sides were looking to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City following a tricky few months, with the gap at the top 11 points before kick-off.

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