Bayern Munich fuming after Champions League “robbery” against Real Madrid
Arturo Vidal sent off during controversial quarter final clash at the Bernabeu
April 19th, 2017
Real Madrid joined Atletico Madrid in the final four of the Champions League on Tuesday night, with Los Merengues surviving a scare to qualify at the expense of Bayern Munich.
Real led Bayern 2-1 after the first leg at the Allianz, although the German champions fought back at the Bernabeu, with Robert Lewandowski scoring from the penalty spot.
Cristiano Ronaldo then put the Champions League holders 3-2 up on aggregate before a Sergio Ramos own goal brought things level on the night. However, Bayern were to play extra-time with ten men when Arturo Vidal was shown a second yellow card.
It meant that Real were in a strong position to go through and they duly obliged thanks to a brace from Ronaldo and a goal from Marco Asensio, something which had the visitors fuming.
Vidal was especially outspoken after the final whistle, hinting that the referee helped Real Madrid to win the tie.
“When Madrid got scared, the referee began his show,” said Vidal. “This robbery can’t happen in the Champions League. We felt it a lot and you start to wonder a bit.
“We wanted to go through and there’s a lot of anger in that a match of such intensity is decided by the referee. He made a lot of mistakes and knocked us out of the Champions League.
“When [referees] embarrass you like that, it’s really hard to take. It makes you very angry.”