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Know Why Benzema's goal in the final was ruled offside, a free football lesson

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/karim-benzema-liverpool-real-madrid-24090479

The night football fans around the world were waiting for came and now it's gone with Real Madrid crowned Champions of European Club Football.

But the match was not without controversy as Karim Benzema had his goal ruled for offside at the stroke of halftime. Many people who saw the action leading to the disallowed goal feel Los Blancos were hard done by.

This line of thinking was enforced when during halftime BT Sports commentators Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard thought the goal should have been allowed to stand. But Real went on to win the match.

Among the three former English internationals was BT Sport's refereeing expert Peter Walton who had a different view of the situation amd tried to educate the three men.

According to Walton's explanation the decision to disallow the goal was right since the player who deflected the ball, Fabinho, back to Benzema wasn't intentionaly playing it. Let's get it straight from his words:

“It’s actually an easy one. Benzema is in an offside position - the offence is committed if the ball comes back to him. The ball deflects off Fabinho. Because of that, Benzema is offside. If Fabinho deliberately played the ball, he is onside. However, it is a deflection, so he is offside.”

Benzema was initially in an offside position, since he was ahead of Alisson. Andy Roberts was the only person between Benzema and the goals and in such cases more especially in offside laws, Andy Roberts serves as the keeper. But before finding Benzema the ball bounced off Fabinho and this is where confusion sets in.

Normally this would count as onside since it wasn't played to him by one of his players. The unintentional bounce on Fabinho meant Benzema was indeed in an offside position.

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