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Was Iniesta offside? The answer is no!

Roar Guru
16th July, 2010
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It has been commonly reported that Iniesta was offside for his goal against the Netherlands at the World Cup final. Now this controversy was brought about due to Torres’ attempted to pass to Iniesta, who was allegedly in an offside position. But the pass was blocked by Rafael van der Vaart, which fell to the feet of Fabregas. who ended up assisting Iniesta goal.

However, having gone through the footage frame-by-frame, I have determined that Iniesta is in an onside position for that pass. I even have an image of this that proves it.

Unfortunately the coverage did not display the offside line for the pass from Torres, as they normally do, and this has resulted in this myth that Iniesta was offside being propagated to the extent that even Iniesta thought he was offside.

So hopefully this will close at least one of the controversies from the final.

Although, Netherlands still can complain that the goal only resulted because Howard Webb didn’t give the corner from the free kick and that the foul by Sergio Ramos on Elia was missed before the goal was scored.