Tottenham starlet thinks he scores equaliser v Real Madrid before it is controversially ruled out

Iago Falque was left bemused after his back post volley deflected in off one of his own players standing in an offside position.

Last season saw Iago Falque impress for Tottenham Hotspur’s Under-21 outfit on numerous occasions, as well as impressing with Spanish outfit Almeria on loan. With that in mind some ambitious followers felt he might even get a chance in the first team - but Andre Villas-Boas was not about to put his faith in the 23-year-old former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus attacker just yet.

So instead he was sent out to Spain on loan once again, this time with Rayo Vallecano.

After a promising start to his career with his latest temporary club he found himself on the side-lines after tearing a abductor muscle - ruling him out for about a month.

He has struggled to recapture that good form since his return to action - but he looked something like near to his best against Real Madrid last night.

Real went 3-0 up in the game, but were pushed all the way after Vallecano bagged two penalties iWn close proximity - with the final score remaining 3-2 at full-time in the second Madrid derby.

Falque was however involved in one of the more controversial incidents of the game. With the score at 1-0 Real a deep cross from the right found the Tottenham loanee ghosting in at the far-post, before calmly side-foot volleying the ball into the back of the net.

But the goal didn’t stand and if it did it wouldn’t have been Falque’s goal anyway.

The ball took a deflection on the way in off of another Rayo player who was in an offside position.

Now the interesting thing is whether the player was gaining an advantage by being in an offside position - essentially he wasn’t, as the ball was definitely going in anyway.

But the fact remains, when you are standing just a yard or so from the goal-line in plain sight of the opposing ‘keeper you must be interfering with play.

Here is the goal in question…

image: © juantiagues

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