Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has goal controversially ruled out in CL final

Karim Benzema had a goal controversially ruled out in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid

There was drama at the end of the first-half of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

It was the Reds who dominated the majority of the opening 45 minutes.

Thibaut Courtois was called upon on a number of occasions as he produced fantastic saves to deny Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Karim Benzema then thought he had given his side the lead just before half-time.

After spurning a chance, the ball then fortuitously fell back to him and he made no mistake at the second time of asking.

However, the offside flag was raised and the goal was ruled out.

Karim Benzema had a goal controversially ruled out in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid
PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid speaks to Match Referee Clement Turpin as they wait for a VAR decision which later disallows a goal for Real Madrid for offside during the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Fabinho appeared to get a toe to the ball and it made its way to Benzema, who was standing in an offside position.

Following a VAR check that lasted an eternity, it was decided that the on-field decision was the right one and the goal was ruled out.

It was extremely tight and you can watch it below…

Wow. That could have gone either way.

Per Independent journalist Miguel Delaney, the goal was ruled out as it wasn’t a deliberate deflection by Fabinho.

Speaking on BT Sport at half-time, Rio Ferdinand declared he was ‘baffled’ by the decision to rule out the goal.

He added: “If I’m a Real Madrid player, I’m going bananas in that changing room right now.”

Real Madrid fans watching the game at the Santiago Bernabeu were not happy. View their reaction to Benzema’s strike being ruled out below…

They may have a reason to feel aggrieved.

The half-time whistle went shortly after meaning the game was still goalless going into the break.

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