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Controversial decisions by referees in 2017 CL knockouts

Controversial decisions by referees in 2017 CL knockouts


There have been many occasions where one wrong decision or many wrong decisions could affect the outcome of a match. No matter what sport you are in, there will always be a few officials who makes a mistake or may be biased. Even on a big stage like the UEFA Champions League, incidents might happen to influence a match’s result. Here are some controversial decisions by referees in the Champions League knockout stage.

Ronaldo’s 2nd goal vs Bayern Munich(Real Madrid v Bayern Munich)  – With the game equal to aggregate in a tense second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, the heavyweight contest between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich was heading for an intense finish. While Bayern Munich was already a man down having seen dynamic midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off, they were dealt a critical blow with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the equaliser on the night. Replays showed the Portuguese was offside by a significant margin. The decision set Bayern Munich completely off the tracks as they conceded another two goals and were knocked out.

Source: Daily Mail

Mascherano foul on Di Maria (Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain) – Barcelona produced what is arguably the greatest comeback in the history of continental football against PSG. They overturned a 4 goal deficit to beat PSG 6-1 and advance to the Quarter finals. All this could have been completely different had  a penalty been given to Paris in the 85th minute when the score was 3-1. Angel Di Maria was apparently fouled by fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano and was deemed not a foul by the referee . Though no close replays were showed at the time, the Barcelona defender admitted to fouling the former Real Madrid player in a post-match interview.

Koscielny Red Card vs Bayern Munich (Arsenal v Bayern Munich) – Having been humiliated 5-1 in the first leg at the Allianz Arena, Arsenal led Bayern Munich 1-0 at half time in the second leg. In the early minutes of the second leg, Laurent Koscielny was controversially sent off for a challenge on Robert Lewandowski. While the merits of the decision can be debated, the referee changing his mind from a yellow card to a red card which infuriated the hosts. They could not handle the blow and a capitulation followed leading to another 5-1 scoreline.

Griezmann penalty decision vs Leicester (Atletico v Leceister) – In the first half of a tightly contested first leg at the Vincent Calderon, the home team were awarded a penalty for a foul by Marc Albrighton on Antoine Griezmann. While the foul was legitimate, the Frenchman was clearly brought down outside the given. Griezmann converted the penalty and ensured a vital first leg  lead for last year’s runner ups.

Griezmann penalty
Source: The18


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