Former referee Peter Walton explained why Olivier Giroud’s goal against Atletico Madrid was given.
Chelsea won the first game of the round of 16 of the Champions League in Bucharest and won the most important away goal against the leader of La Liga.
It was an ultra-close connection with Diego Simeone’s men, who were normally organized, but Giroud, who replaced Tammy Abraham in the starting line-up tonight, managed to break the top-of-the-line bike ride from the deadlock.
The ball flew off Maria Hermoso’s leg, and Giroud jumped off the ground and found the bottom corner with a superb header in the 68th minute.
It seemed like the goal would be ruled out with Giroud offside when the ball was played, but after a lengthy VAR review that lasted almost three minutes, it was given.
A resident of BT Sport, former referee Walton, explained the decision. He said: “VAR was considering whether adding a defensive player was either a deliberate ball play or a deflection.
“If it was a turn, then Giroud would still be offside, but they agreed it was a deliberate ball game that Giroud played on the side.”
And what an important goal could be for Chelsea ahead of the rematch at Stamford Bridge on March 17th.
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That away goal will give Chelsea a real advantage, especially when Atletico usually sets up to defend and play in the counter.
Simeone’s men will now be forced to look for a goal when the two teams meet in London for a rematch, and that could play into the hands of Thomas Tuchel’s men, who remain undefeated since the German head coach arrived late last month.