Zidane’s reaction to Karim Benzema’s offside goal spotted as Liverpool get lucky
Zinedine Zidane's reaction to Karim Benzema's offside goal in the Champions League final was spotted after Liverpool got lucky in Paris.
Benzema thought he had stroked Real Madrid into the lead on the stroke of half-time at the Stade de France after a scramble inside the Liverpool area ended with him putting the ball in the back of the net. However, a lengthy VAR check ultimately ruled the goal out, with the ball deemed to have hit Federico Valverde before being deflected to the Frenchman.
Before the goal was ruled out, former Real Madrid player and manager Zidane was seen in the crowd pre-empting the officials' decision.
Zidane was seen sat sideways on his seat and almost looking away as he awaited confirmation that Benzema's goal would not stand.
Liverpool had been seen by some fans to have been let off by the decision not to award the goal, with viewers left baffled by the offside law on social media.
Zidane won the Champions League three seasons in a row with Los Blancos during his first spell in charge from 2016 to 2018, before returning for a second stint in 2019. He left the club again last summer and was replaced by current manager Carlo Ancelotti.
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Despite the disallowed goal, Ancelotti ultimately saw his side come out on top in the French capital, with Vinicius Jr scoring the only goal of the game in the 59th minute.
The Brazilian winger capitalised on a lapse in concentration from Trent Alexander-Arnold to get on the end of Valverde's cross and tap the ball into the net at the far post.
His goal came sandwiched between a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who repeatedly kept the Liverpool frontline at bay.
Courtois twice got down low during the first half to deny Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane before denying Salah a further two times after the Spanish giants had taken the lead.
Real Madrid's victory extends their record number of European crowns to 14 as they lifted the trophy for the fifth time since 2014.
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