Kylian Mbappe has taken France to victory, winning the Nations League title from Spain in a 2-1 score. If you’ve been missing the latest Singapore news in the sports world, Mbappe has managed to net a goal score with only 10 minutes remaining on the clock. It was the same exact scenario when they also won against Belgium in the semifinals.
It’s nothing less than controversial
The late goal made by the French footballer has made France come completely from behind was nothing less than controversial to many. France made a 2-1 win, netting their first-ever Nations League title in history, against Spain due to this offside.
Mikel Oyarzabal (Spain) has broken the deadlock during the second half through a low-driven strike. It was immediately equalized and countered by Karim Benzema with an astounding curler from the edge of the box into the top corner.
With both teams doing their absolute best to push for the Nations League title, Mbappe slotted the ball past Unai Simon, which quickly turned the table in their favor. It went to a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to confirm a possible offside, but as it turns out, it was a legitimate goal.
The Straits Times has gone into the details about the heated battle so read on.
The heated battle for the league title
During the not-so-eventful first half, the opposing football team had 64% possession of the game with 3 harmless shots on goal to consider. Benzema had his best chance in the sixth minute when he circled goalkeeper Simón before attempting to frame the ball, but César Azpilicueta was in the right place to clear.
From minute 63 the match went from a fight to an end-to-end fight. Theo Hernández hit the wood at close range just before Spain broke at the other end and, thanks to Oyarzabal, overcame the impasse. He replaced the injured Raphael Varane in the first half and drove his left foot into the lower corner, past a resting Hugo Lloris.
France split two minutes later thanks to an incredible shot from Benzema. The Real Madrid striker cut with his right foot and shot into the top corner despite Simón’s fingertips.
France clinched a controversial winner when Mbappé ran for a Hernandez pass, took a cheeky step in front of Simon before placing the ball in the lower corner. He went to the VAR because of a possible offside from Mbappé. It was a very close decision, but the goal remained standing.
Oyarzabal had almost equalized with two minutes left, but his first volley was successfully countered by Lloris. The team’s national team captain again became the hero in the final seconds of injury-time as he blocked a low shot from formidable substitute Yeremi Pino and France to get a stronghold to the silverware title.
Was Mbappe offside for the winner?
Despite everything we have learned from all of the Singapore news so far, the question still lingers on whether Mbappe was offside when he was against Hernandez’s defense-splitting pass?
The VAR replay confirms that Mbappe appears to be on the offside, but the argument that the officials make is that there is a touch from Eric Garcia which makes it the second phase of play.
Obviously, Garcia did not have any control over the ball at that point and the pass was clearly meant for Mbappe. It is a tough thing to argue about and Spain will always have every right to feel frustrated with the final decision made by the English VAR and his assistants.
Benzema also went on to share that this is the first-ever piece of silverware he has won with France. He was very delighted to earn the title after a five-year absence on the playing field. His return to the France squad turns out to be a wise decision.