Spain encountered an extra enemy at the end of the League of Nations, a slab on a road in which they had managed to deactivate – practically – all the virtues of all-powerful France. After getting ahead on the scoreboard and seeing how minutes later Benzema put the 1-1, the referee Anthony Taylor and the VAR gave incomprehensible validity to some of the Kylian Mbappé which in the end would mean the triumph of the neighboring country. Hours later, in the concentration of the selection, the anger and, above all, the disbelief at what happened in San Siro does not pass.
We don’t want it to sound like an excuse, but nobody understands why he gave validity to the goal », Authorized voices that represent the feelings of a team that did everything to end up being left with nothing due to an arbitration decision slide from the delegation of Spain. Both the players and the coaching staff remain outraged by a decision derived from an unfair rule and the interpretation of a referee who had already brought trouble to Spain.
Anger is noticeable both by the action of Mbappé and Eric García, but the appointment of Anthony Taylor as a referee for the match had already brought a queue indoors. The British referee already left Ferran Torres without whistling a penalty in the recent Sweden-Spain in which the team complicated their aspirations to maintain the first place in the 2022 World Cup qualification and, for the second consecutive game, again hurt the from Luis Enrique.
Luis EnriqueAfter the game, he took the lead although opting for a cautious speech, different from the general malaise of the national team. «From the bench you can see very little, although it seemed clear offside. I won’t talk about what can’t be controlled», Said the technician, biting his tongue although notably angry with the action and the more than dubious application of the rule.
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It bothers the form, the substance and above all the refusal of the referees to acknowledge their mistake. «According to them, they have been perfect», The players say after conversations with the referees, who were sure that the decision was the correct one and that Eric García tries to play the ball and thus enables Mbappé, first offside by almost half a meter.
Aware that nothing can be changed and with a certain resignation, the situation is somewhat reminiscent of that of the World Cup in Korea and Japan, in those rooms before the hostess where Jamal Al-Ghandour he became the intimate enemy of a country. This is how flagrant what happened in Spain-France was, with the plus of having a tool like VAR that did not change the course of a decision that will have to talk for a long time and that Spain to fight face to face for the title of the League of Nations.