Lima, January 14, 2022Updated on 01/14/2022 12:35 am
He was attentive in his goal during the 180 minutes that the lock lasted and saved Chelsea from goal on several occasions. Kepa Arrizabalaga was one of the most prominent players in the Carabao Cup semi-final series against Tottenham. But in addition to his saves, the Spaniard was the protagonist for a clever play in the second leg.
On recent Wednesday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the goalkeeper showed his extensive knowledge of the football regulations and left Harry Kane in an advanced position, to avoid a goal against the ‘Blues’.
The action in question came at minute 64, when Chelsea missed the start and Tottenham seized the ball. Kepa did not think twice and stepped forward a few meters to knock Kane offside, who did not forgive in the area and defined from the right.
All the fans of the ‘Spurs’ celebrated as much as they could in the enclosure; however, the referee determined to review the play in the VAR. There it was found that Kane was ahead of Andreas Christensen’s line, while Antonio Rudiger, who was the last man, had gone to cover the space that Kepa had left.
“For there to be no offside, the forward needs to be behind two players (usually the goalkeeper and a defender). In this case, Rudiger, being in the goal, acts as a goalkeeper (for offside purposes) and the offside is measured with respect to Christensen (who, although it almost damaged Kepa’s plan, managed to be behind Kane ) “, explained Central Judge, in a post on Instagram.
In the end, Chelsea was left with the victory (1-0), thanks to a goal from Rudiger. On aggregate, the cast led by Thomas Tuchel prevailed by a score of 3-0 and advanced to the final of the tournament.