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“KYLIAN MBAPPE’S CONTROVERSIAL WINNER SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN COUNTED” – JAMIE REDKNAPP

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By Sumayyah Olapade 

On Sunday, Jamie Redknapp stated that the laws of the game surrounding offside need addressing after Kylian Mbappe’s contentious goal decided the Nations League final in France’s favour.

However, Spain took the lead when Mikel Oyarzabal latched on to a long pass from Sergio Busquets, held off Dayot Upamecano and fired into the bottom corner. The French response was swift, with Mbappe finding Benzema who cut inside before unleashing a brilliant curling shot into the far corner to make the score 1-1.

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Mbappe further grabbed the winner in controversial circumstances 10 minutes to the end of the march, racing on to a through ball from Theo Hernandez and keeping his cool to slot past Unai Simon – but only after Eric Garcia’s attempts to intercept the pass played the Paris Saint-Germain forward onside.

It brought back memories of a goal Harry Kane scored for Tottenham in the Premier League against Liverpool in February 2018 when Dejan Lovren attempted to play the ball despite the forward standing in an offside position. Redknapp believes the rule needs to be scrapped.

He 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.

“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 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.

“You can see on Luis Enrique’s face how disappointed he is. Spain were so unlucky against Italy in the semi-finals at the Euros and again today. But there were so many positives as well.

“Both teams really wanted to win this tournament. It’s been a real success and I’ve enjoyed all the games at the finals. It feels like redemption for France after such a disappointing Euros.”

Cesar Azpilicueta, a Spain defender believes the decision to award the goal was harsh on his side, believing Anthony Taylor the English referee ought to have used his pitchside monitor in order to come to his own conclusion regarding Mbappe’s goal.

“The referee is there to make decisions but I’m more disappointed that the referee who makes the decision isn’t Mr Anthony Taylor, who was here, it’s the one who is in the VAR,” he said.

“The monitor is there to use it. Every time we have meetings with the referees we say the same, and I don’t know why he doesn’t go to the monitor and see by himself if it’s deliberate play or not. The offside is very clear and the ref watching the reviews in the office says he can’t play the ball, but I don’t think so.

“I don’t know why the referee on the pitch who feels the pace of the game who can make the decision with the monitor.”

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