I won the ball fairly – Bellingham shocked by ref’s decision

Jude Bellingham believes that luck was not on his side when his goal was controversially ruled out in Borussia Dortmund’s 2:1 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of the UCL quarterfinal clash between the two sides at the Etihad.

The England midfielder impressed for his German side throughout the game but was unlucky in an incident that saw his equalizer for the Germans to make 1:1 chalked off.

Bellingham stole the ball from Man City goalkeeper Ederson who had miscued a clearance before slotting the ball into the net. However, the referee blew his whistle for a foul and left no room for a VAR analysis of the incident.

As if it wasn’t enough, he was even yellow carded although replays showed that he won the ball fairly and only made the faintest of contact with Ederson. I guess the Brazilian will be thanking his stars that mother luck smiled at him.

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“I definitely think I won the ball fairly,” Bellingham told BT Sport.

IT’S A BIT FRUSTRATING AT A TIME WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY TVS AND CAMERAS BUT IT’S FOOTBALL; YOU’VE GOT TO GET ON WITH IT. APPARENTLY, I HAD MY STUDS UP AND CAUGHT THE GOALKEEPER.

Interim boss Edin Terzic believed that Bellingham’s goal should have stood and frowned at the referee’s approach to the incident.

“For me it is not a foul but he blew the whistle straight away. If he would let the ball in, he can go to the screen, have a check and make a decision,” said Terzic.

“This is something that annoyed us but this is a game of mistakes. Sometimes it is not the players making the mistakes. We have to accept it and do it better.”

Meanwhile, Bellingham was instrumental in Marco Reus’ late equalizer to tie it 1 all after Kevin De Bruyne’s opener.

However, fellow Englishman Phil Foden scored a 90th-minute winner to ensure that the Citizens emerged victoriously, albeit with a slight advantage.

The second leg of the clash will take place in Germany on Wednesday.