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Mbappe was offside – Sergio Busquets criticises referee after Spain’s defeat to France


Spain midfielder, Sergio Busquets, has criticised referee Anthony Taylor following his side’s UEFA Nations League final defeat against France on Sunday.

Busquets slammed Taylor’s decision to allow Kylian Mbappe’s late winner in France’s 2-1 win against Spain.

France defeated Spain following goals from Karim Benzema and Mbappe.

Mikel Oyarzabal did score for Sapin at San Siro.

Hernandez had slipped a pass in behind the defence for Mbappe, who slotted the ball under goalkeeper Unai Simon and wheeled away in celebration while Spain appealed for offside.

Replays showed that Mbappe was clearly behind the last man and in an offside position, but Taylor deemed that Spanish defender Eric Garcia had got a meaningful touch on the ball which created a second phase of play.

Reacting, Busquets told Spanish television after the game, “The referee told us that Eric Garcia wanted to play the ball and that kills the offside.

“But he wanted to play the ball because the ball would have reached Mbappe who was offside! It does not make sense!”

He added: “The second goal seemed offside to me. We pulled up the defensive line really well. I think Mbappe was offside.”

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