After France displayed an incredible performance against Belgium in the semifinal of the Uefa Nations League having come from two goals down to win it 3-2 on Friday night, they were in high spirits against Spain in the final on Sunday.
Just like in the semifinal, they found themselves behind in the second half when Mikel Oryazabal put Spain in front.They had a mountain to climb from that very moment but with their experience and quality, there was never any doubt that they could turn the situation around.
Barely three minutes after going behind, Karim Benzema levelled the score. It was 1-1 and destined to go to penalties until the craziest of decisions was made by the VAR and referee to award a very clear Kylian Mbappe offside goal as legitimate.
Just like that, France were in front and Spain couldn't believe it. After the game, Eric Garcia and Busquets were critical of the decision to let the goal stand.
Fans all over social media platforms described the refereeing as the biggest robbery in VAR era. This is when you consider the fact that Spain were denied a penalty after a VAR review, despite the fact that we could all see that the ball clearly struck Kounde's arm in the box-18.
Check out Fans' Reactions To The VAR Decisions
Why Fans Are Right To Be Outraged
First of all, Mbappé was already offside the moment Lucas Hernandez released the ball to him.
It is very clear and whatever happened after that shouldn't matter. The referee claimed that Garcia tried to play the ball and his very slight touch is why the goal stood.
But Mbappe was already offside the moment the ball was released. Was Garcia supposed to just let the ball pass him by? To me, and many others, that was a very harsh and unfair decision.
Again, Spain should have gotten a penalty in the first half.
Kounde stopped the ball with his arm, the referee waved play on, and after a brief pause to communicate with the VAR, Spain were denied the penalty.
Perhaps Anthony Taylor and his fellow English referees forgot that this was a final and they needed to be at their very best. English referees already have a bad reputation among football fans, and the decisions of the UNL final yesterday have only helped enhance it.
France won't care about all these. To them this has been a very phenomenal matches and they have once again shown the world that they are still a wonderful side.
So congratulations to the champions, even though the refereeing decisions were awful.
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