The best and the worst |  The controversial goal that gave the title to France: should it have been annulled?

Spain he stayed with honey on his lips at the end of the Nations League. The team trained by Luis Enrique wanted to raise, for the first time, this recently created title, although it is true that in front of him he had the almighty France, the current world champion and one of the teams with the greatest attacking power on the planet. But the reality is that the game left a bad taste in the mouth of the Red … not only because of the defeat but, especially, by the way it was produced. a controversial goal in a clamorous offside that was not indicated by the criteria of the referee that prevented the Red from lifting the title (1-2).

During more than sixty minutes of absolute equality, either of them could hit first … but it was Mikel Oyarzábal the one who made the difference by finishing off a great counter. But just a minute later a genius of Karim Benzema it equaled the contest. Everything pointed to the game going into extra time, but then the unexpected happened: the ball leaked behind the back of the Spanish defense, Kylian Mbappé control, shoot and score. The repetition makes it clear that he is offside, but the referee, Anthony Taylor, scores the goal after consulting with the VAR. What actually happened?

The Benzema-Mbappé society brings down a great Spain in the Nations League (1-2)

Albert ortega

The worst | The controversial Mbappé goal

Lets start by the beginning. Rule number 11 of the UEFA IFAB regulations reads like this: “A player in an offside position shall be deemed not to have taken advantage of that position when he receives the ball from an opponent who voluntarily plays the ball, including the voluntary hand, unless it is a ‘save’ by an opponent. A ‘save’ is an action by a player whose purpose is to stop or deflect the ball, or trying to stop or deflect him, when he is going towards the goal or very close to it, with any part of the body except with the hands or arms (unless it is the goalkeeper in his own area) “.

Or, put another way, a player will not be offside – despite being in an illegal position. if he receives the ball from an opponent … saved in the event that it is an attempt to deflect a ball. If we review the images of Mbappé’s goal, when Theo Hernandez filters the ball, the PSG striker is clearly offside. At that moment, Eric García —Which is turning— he does not know if the forward is ahead or not and, therefore, must do to play the ball. At no time is it a pass back, but an interception attempt… that is, a ‘save’. According to FIFA regulations, the goal should not have gone up on the scoreboard.

Despite this, Anthony Taylor validated the goal, which generated doubts and subsequent anger of the members of the Selection. The point is that Mbappé is offside at the time of the pass and therefore, whatever happens next is inconsequential. From that precise moment in which the ball is filtered behind the back of the Red defense, the play should be canceled, but the problem is that the play is interpretable. In fact, the referee saw willingness to play the ball and, thus, Mbappé’s goal ended the dream of Spain, which was left on the verge of a title that would have served to re-green old laurels.

The bad | Lack of defensive solidity

The National Team continues to have a serious defensive problem. Although Luis Enrique he keeps moving the pieces and looks for a way to find a guarantee behind, the truth is that something does not quite fit in the rear. It is true that the best facet of the defense of Spain is the ball out, where he tries not to raffle it and take it out from behind with criteria, but when it comes to defending the thing changes. Sometimes it breaks relatively easily and creates spaces that rivals can easily take advantage of. If to that we add that Unai Simón is a keeper of lights and shadows, a cocktail is generated that is sometimes dangerous.

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The normal | Dominance, but with little spark in attack

If Spain stands out for something since Luis Enrique took over, it is because want to have the ball, look for attacking football and try to dominate the games from possession. It is a rule that is strictly adhered to with the coach, where you can count on the fingers of one hand the matches in which Spain has lost possession … but, sometimes it’s intranscent. It is very difficult for La Roja to reach the opposite goal in danger and, when they do, they do not end up having too much gunpowder. In the absence of a reference ‘9’ – or Morata ni Gerard Moreno, when they have been, they have curdled — just Ferran and Oyarzabal they contribute goal to the team.

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The good | Gavi’s awakening

It was widely criticized that Luis Enrique included the Barcelona midfielder in the list of summoned for the Nations League, but the truth is that Gavi has given the chest do with absolute guarantees. At just 17 years old and with just under 300 minutes in first row, the coach was brave and bet on him against Italy, setting up a brilliant game. He repeated scheme and He did it again with a thousand wonders against France. If we forget the DNI and inexperience, the truth is that the player could not have done better: good in the distribution, perfect in the creation of spaces and generous in the efforts, Gavi is one of the players who has surprised the most.

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The best | The delight of seeing Benzema

The French forward is sweet. Benzema has been playing at an impressive level for two seasons and the numbers speak for themselves: 27 goals and nine assists last season in 38 games, a statistic that can be exploited this season due to the projection it has. ‘Solo’ has played 10 games … and has 11 goals and eight assists. Almost nothing. This course has several impressive scores, among them, the brutal target against Spain, a goal of those that only a genius is capable of signing. The Madrid player is a scandal and is shining with capital letters. A player for whom a ticket is paid with all the taste in the world.

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