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Missed the goal live and saw the replay at HT, so didn't see all the angles

The announcers were all absolutely confident that it wasn't offsides. There actually is a very legitimate argument that it was and should've been called:

IF the player in the offsides position is a distraction, he doesn't have to touch it for it to be called offsides. You could certainly argue that Steffen was distracted by the striker -- hence, his hesitation to move, because he expected the player to deflect it. If that player hadn't been there, Steffen absolutely dives and gets that ball - it wasn't that difficult.

I actually think it IS an offsides, for that reason, although not likely to be called without VAR and wouldn't often be called even then. By the laws, it definitely could be, though.


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Posted: 10/13/2021 at 8:02PM


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