Kylian Mbappe’s 80th-minute winner for France in the Nations League last versus Spain on Sunday was increasingly objected by the opposition however eventually enabled to stand.
Spain competed that Mbappe was offside prior to getting the breakaway pass – and he definitely seemed initially glimpse – however referees identified protector Eric Garcia’s touch of the ball as he attempted to make a desperate interception sufficed to put the assaulter onside.
Spain captain Sergio Busquets stated after his 2-1 defeat that the description he got “doesn’t make sense”.
What taken place?
What has been stated?
“To us on the field it (the 2nd objective) looked offside,” Busquets told El Chiringuito TV. “The referee informed us that because Eric attempted to play the ball, the offside was cancelled, however that doesn’t make sense.
“He just tried to intercept the ball, he didn’t play it and lose control of it.”
Added Eric Garcia: “It was clearly offside. The referee told me that I tried to play the ball. What should I do? Step aside and let him run? Apparently, this is the rule.”
What else has been said?
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp said: “It’s a really hard one to understand because from Spain’s point of view, you’re trying to keep a good line. Mbappe has got incredible pace but he gets the timing of his run wrong. It’s the slightest of touches from Garcia.
“What the rules say is that it then becomes a second phase of play but what is Garcia supposed to do? Is he meant to just let it go even though he does not know what’s behind him?
“You can see from the moment Theo Hernandez plays the ball, he’s definitely offside. But because of this delicate touch from Garcia, it’s a new phase of play. But for me it isn’t. It’s a really poor interpretation of the rule. I don’t like it and it feels unfair.
“It’s the slightest touch. It’s not like he’s attempted to play it back to his goalkeeper. As a defence, you keep a good line and you have to somehow get a touch on it. If he put his flag up, no one would’ve asked any questions.
“It’s so contentious. We want to see goals in football, of course we do. We’re crying out for VAR to give more goals but this one feels really unfortunate for Spain in my viewpoint. I do sympathize with the authorities.
“It’s not VAR’s fault… it’s the rule. It’s been around for around 18 months this interpretation but I don’t feel we’ve seen enough examples of it in big games for it to be such a talking point but it’s certainly won a final today so it’ll become a talking point now for sure.”