Real Madrid – La Liga: Andujar: Mariano’s goal was legal, Lucas Vazquez was offside without influencing the play

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Andujar: Mariano's goal was legal, Lucas Vazquez was offside without influencing the play

Controversy sparked following Mariano Diaz’s opener in Real Madrid’s game against Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday, but former referee Juan Andujar Oliver has stressed that the Spanish striker’s goal rightly stood.

Mariano outjumped his opponents to connect with a Dani Carvajal cross and send the ball into Sergio Asensjo’s net, but Villarreal players protested to referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez about a potential offside on Lucas Vazquez in the build-up of the play.

They were upset that the assistant referee briefly raised the offside flag, but play was allowed to continue when the ball didn’t reach Lucas Vazquez. “The assistant rushed into raising the flag when he saw that Lucas Vazquez was offside, but without influencing the play,” Andujar Oliver told Radio MARCA.

“Carvajal’s cross was finished off by Mariano, whose position is legal. Hernandez Hernandez does well in declaring that the goal was valid.”

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