Belgium goal ruled out vs England for offside 16 seconds after original offence

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Belgium were denied an early lead in their Nations League clash with England this evening in bizarre fashion.

Roberto Martinez’s side are currently trailing 2-1 against the Three Lions at Wembley, having broken the deadlock when Romelu Lukaku converted from the penalty spot after 16 minutes.

Marcus Rashford was given the chance to equalise from 12 yards five minutes before half-time, before Mason Mount's deflected effort fired the hosts in front 20 minutes into the second half.

However, Belgium will feel aggrieved not to be in front after seeing an early Yannick Carrasco strike ruled out for offside.

Toby Alderweireld released Thomas Meunier down the right-hand side and the Borussia Dortmund star burst into the box before pulling the ball back to Carrasco, who slotted home what he thought was the opening goal.

But to everyone’s dismay, roughly 16 seconds later the linesman raised his flag and ruled Belgium’s opener out for offside.

The official deemed Meunier to have been in an offside position when Alderweireld released him down the right flank, which replays have since confirmed was the right decision.

Nevertheless, it remains unclear why his flag was only raised after Carrasco had fired the ball past Jordan Pickford, given that VAR is not in use at Wembley this evening.

When VAR is in effect, officials have been instructed to only flag for offside once an attack has been completed in order to ensure play is not brought to a halt incorrectly.

But with no technology in use at the national stadium tonight, the linesman’s late offside call for Carrasco’s opener seems to have left everyone puzzled.

His late flag may not have even been for an apparent Meunier offside earlier in the move, as Timothy Castagne also appeared to have been blocking Pickford when Carrasco tucked the ball away.

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Fortunately for Belgium, they only had to wait another seven minutes for Lukaku to break the deadlock from the penalty spot when Eric Dier brought the Inter Milan striker down inside the box.

Rashford would later equalise with a penalty of his own, however, before Mount's deflected strike edged England ahead.

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