This weekend's Premier League action offered a handful of thrilling encounters as Everton and Liverpool played out an entertaining draw, while Manchester United won 3-2 away to league leaders Chelsea. However, it was the issue of offside decisions, or lack of, which marred the weekend, with Liverpool being denied a last-gasp victory due to poor officiating, while Manchester United reaped the dividends as Javier Hernandez snatched the winner from an offside position. We decided to pick out a handful of some of the best and worst offside calls in football.
Didier Drogba - Manchester United 1-2 Chelsea – April 2010
In what was effectively the title-deciding clash of the 2009/10 season, Chelsea travelled to Old Trafford knowing that victory would hand them the advantage in the league run-in. It was a frustrating affair for United, who struggled to find their rhythm, but with the game finely poised at 1-0 to Chelsea, any chance Sir Alex Ferguson's side had of getting back in the match were effectively ended when referee Mike Dean failed to spot an offside Didier Drogba, who grabbed a decisive second for the Blues.
Ferenc Puskas – Hungary 2-3 West Germany – 1954 World Cup Final
The decision to rule out Ferenc Puskas' last gasp equaliser for Hungary in the 1954 World Cup final remains one of the most contentious decisions in football history. The Hungarians were overwhelming favourites for the crown, having gone unbeaten for 32 matches in a five-year period, but threw away an early 2-0 lead to trail 3-2 as the game drew to a close. With just two minutes remaining, Puskas latched on to a pass lofted over the German defence and the legendary marksman looked to have forced extra-time after slotting past Toni Turek. However, Welsh linesman Sandy Griffiths incorrectly - as pictures later proved - flagged the goal as offside and West Germany would held out to win their first World Cup.
Filipo Inzaghi – Inter 2-1 AC Milan – February 2009
Filipo Inzaghi was once described as a player who was "born offside" by Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, but it looked as though the veteran striker's reputation preceded him when Jose Mourinho's Inter took on Milan in February 2009. With the game tight at 2-1, Alexandre Pato raked a ball around the Inter defence, which Inzaghi expertly dispatched beyond Julio Cesar to pull the game level. The goal was disallowed, however, despite Inzaghi appearing on replays to have checked his run perfectly. It would turn out to be a huge victory for Inter, as they killed off their rivals en route to winning the league by 10 points.
Ruud van Nistelrooy – Netherlands 3-0 Italy – Euro 2008
From Inzaghi to Ruud van Nistelrooy, the much lauded 'King of Offsides'. The Dutch hitman was in fine form as the Netherlands took apart a lacklustre Italy side in the group stages of Euro 2008, but it was the nature of his opener against the Italians which sparked the most debate. With an Italian defender nudged off the pitch, Van Nistelrooy loitered a good five yards beyond the last defender as Giovanni van Bronkhorst lashed a strike through a sea of bodies and into his path. The striker touched it past Buffon and wheeled away in celebration, while referee Peter Frojdfeldt ignored pleas from angry Italian players.
Jeff Astle – Leeds 1-2 West Brom – April 1971
The Leeds v West Brom league clash from 1971 will always be remembered by fans of a certain age for 'that' goal. With West Brom 1-0 up, Albion player Tony Brown intercepted the ball, knocking it forward into the direction of Colin Suggett, who was in an offside position. The Leeds defence immediately halted and the linesman flagged, but as Brown controlled the ball and continued his run, referee Ray Tinkler ordered play to continue. With Brown through on goal, he slid the ball to Astle to tap in. The decision caused outrage, with Leeds players hounding Tinkler and fans spilling onto the pitch. Leeds managed to pull one back, but eventually lost the match, and subsequently the title, with Arsenal pipping them by just one point.
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