Vidal furious over red card
Posted On: April 19, 2017, 12:46 am
Real Madrid came from behind again to oust Bayern Munich from the quarter-finals of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League. Arturo Vidal was red carded in the game making him the second Bayern player given the matching order over the two legs. He was furious with the referee Viktor Kassai over the dismissal and has come out to describe the game as a robbery that took place on the pitch, insisting it was the officials and not Real Madrid that eliminated them from the competition.
Bayern opened the scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu through a Lewandowski penalty in the 53rd minute, and Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to score the equalizer before Sergio Ramos scored a bizarre own to give Bayern a 2:1 lead, leaving the game evenly poised on aggregate.
Arturo Vidal was shown a red, after a second yellow on the night before Cristiano Ronaldo engaged his scoring mojo once again like in the first leg, providing the second and third goals, and securing a hat-trick on the night. Asensio scored the fourth to effectively put the game out of Bayern’s reach. There were protests that Ronaldo was offside for his last 2 strikes, but the goals were given.
Vidal said: "It is very tough when they steal a game from you like that -- two goals offside and me wrongly sent off. When two big teams meet like this in the Champions League, such a robbery cannot happen.
"We were 2-1 up in the game, they got scared, and the referee began his show. You could see it clearly, it was very ugly. Then the usual thing happened, a player less. And we began to doubt a bit.
"The dressing room is very sad, very angry. In a game of such intensity the result cannot be decided by the referee. The referee has eliminated us. Real did not know what they were doing. Everyone knows what they saw,"
Bayern Munich manager, Ancelotti had his reservations over the performance of the referee on the night and agreed with Arturo Vidal when asked about the performance of the referee. He said,
"The referee had a bad game. Full stop. He was worse than our performance."
"I am really proud. We had players that were not 100 percent but sacrificed everything," he said. "We played really well and were so close to the semifinals. We were penalised by some decisions from the referee. I know that this is football and sometimes it can happen. But not this series of mistakes”
"We played about an hour over the two games with 10 against Madrid, which is not very easy. We deserved it in first leg, not today. We have to accept it and go forward to win the Bundesliga, the Pokal, and next year we are back in the Champions League."
He described Ronaldo’s last two goals as offside and called for the adoption of video assistant referees. He spoke further,
"I hope that really soon in the future the referee can be helped by TV. These sort of mistakes shouldn't be possible in the quarterfinal of the Champions League.
"In the quarterfinals you must be a referee with more quality or VAR as there are too many mistakes. Arturo deserved the first yellow, but the second yellow was a mistake by the referee.
"To win the Champions League it is about small details, and in this sense we have not had much luck."