Lescott hits out at decision NOT to rule out Griezmann's first goal

Joleon Lescott hits out at ‘ridiculous’ decision NOT to rule out Antoine Griezmann’s first goal for Atletico Madrid’s against Liverpool as Thomas Lemar appears to obstruct Joel Matip in offside position

  • Liverpool were 2-0 up before Antoine Griezmann got one back after 20 minutes
  • His goal was checked by VAR for a potential offside on winger Thomas Lemar
  • Lemar appeared to obstruct Joel Matip as the defender tried to clear the ball  
  • Joleon Lescott has hit out at VAR’s decision not to rule out Griezmann’s goal 

BT Sport pundit Joleon Lescott has slammed the ‘ridiculous’ decision not to rule out Antoine Griezmann’s first goal for Atletico Madrid against Liverpool.

Liverpool had a comfortable 2-0 lead before the Frenchman got one back for the hosts after 20 minutes, before bagging an equaliser 14 minutes later. 

After Griezmann’s first goal there was a VAR review, with a check to see if French team-mate Thomas Lemar was offside before the ball went into the net.

Antoine Griezmann scored a brace to pull Atletico Madrid level after going 2-0 behind

Griezmann steered home Koke’s shot past Alisson to score his first goal of the evening

Lemar started the move by getting the better of Naby Keita on the left flank before finding Koke who saw his shot converted into the back of the net by Griezmann.  

Joel Matip looked like he attempted to clear the ball just as it was going into the net though Lemar ran from an offside position over the ball just as the Liverpool defender looked to connect with the ball.

Former Manchester City defender Lescott, said it was ‘frustrating’ not to see the goal overturned. 

Thomas Lemar was accused of offside by obstructing Joel Matip as the defender went to clear the ball

He said during the half-time coverage: ‘It’s a ridiculous decision. Great bit of skill from Lemar, caused problems throughout the half but I don’t know why this is allowed. 

‘He’s clearly in the way of Matip. I honestly believe if he’s not there, Matip attempts to clear this ball off the line.

‘Matip will have attempted to stretch his leg out a bit more but he can’t because Lemar’s jumping over the ball. For me that was so frustrating to see that it was given.’ 

Joleon Lescott hit out at the decision not to overturn the goal after VAR checked for offside

Despite Lescott’s attempts, presenter Jake Humphrey said former referee Peter Walton ‘believes the goal should have stood’.

The goal unsettled Liverpool as Atletico went on to dominate the rest of the half.

After Liverpool’s bright start, they were left holding on before half-time after Griezmann added a second goal.

The French striker however would go on to be sent off in the second-half after a high boot on Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.  

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