The Spain midfielder openly questioned the referee’s decision to allow Kylian Mbappe’s contentious winner in the UEFA Nations League final.
Sergio Busquets has openly slammed the decision to allow Kylian Mbappe’s late goal that condemned Spain to a 2-1 defeat against France in Sunday’s UEFA Nations League final.
In a pulsating contest at San Siro, Mikel Oyarzabal fired Spain into a second-half lead. However, Karim Benzema equalized with an exquisite effort just two minutes later. Mbappe then slotted the ball under goalkeeper Unai Simon for a winner in the final 10 minutes.
Interesting application of offside in the #UEFANationsFinal for Kylian Mbappe's winner.
It's a decision which is correct in law to allow the goal, but one which many will feel should be disallowed in the spirit of the game.
Mbappe is clearly offside when the pass is played. pic.twitter.com/OWC7lUK0OT
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) October 10, 2021
Despite replays showing Mbappe was in an offside position and the Spain squad’s protests, the match officials deemed that defender Eric Garcia got a meaningful touch on the ball, which set up a second phase of play.
“The referee told us that Eric Garcia wanted to play the ball and that kills the offside,” Busquets told RTVE after the game.
“But he wanted to play the ball because the ball would have reached Mbappe who was offside! It doesn’t make sense!”
Speaking to Cadena COPE later on, Busquets added: “The second goal seemed offside to me. We pulled up the defensive line really well. I think Mbappe was offside.”