The officers within the sport at Etihad Stadium got here underneath scrutiny – not least when one requested for Erling Haaland’s autograph after the match
Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola disregarded Borussia Dortmund’s grievances towards the officiating in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg, suggesting his facet additionally had loads of causes to really feel laborious carried out by up to now.
Metropolis spent a lot of the sport forward following Kevin De Bruyne’s first-half aim, however had been rocked within the 84th minute when Marco Reus levelled for the guests within the quarter-final first leg.
There was nonetheless time for one remaining twist, although, and it got here courtesy of Phil Foden who netted in harm time to provide his facet a 2-1 win on the Etihad Stadium.
What was stated?
Jadon Sancho fwas angered to see a first-half aim for Jude Bellingham chalked off for a supposed foul on Ederson. “The ref wants checking,” the ahead fired on his private Twitter account.
After full-time, in the meantime, one of many referee’s assistants requested Dortmund ace Erling Haaland for an autograph.
A referee’s assistant shouldn’t be asking a participant for autographs after a match within the tunnel as occurred with Haaland.
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Pep, although, dismissed the notion that his facet might have been favoured.
“It is higher not speak in regards to the referees within the Champions League. We’ve an enormous record of this type of state of affairs on this competitors,” he instructed reporters. “It’s higher to not touch upon how the referee performed.”
Guardiola additionally singled out the contribution of Foden, who performed a key half in his facet’s late efforts to seal victory.
“[Dortmund] had an opportunity from Haaland from a protracted ball and Ederson made an unimaginable save. After 1-0, we took the sport to our rhythm and Phil had probabilities,” he added. “Within the final 30 minutes he was our menace, if we may rating targets in that second, the sport could be utterly completely different.”
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Whereas Metropolis maintain a slim benefit over Dortmund from the primary leg, Reus’ away aim means the Bundesliga facet nonetheless have all to play for going into the second leg on residence soil.
That match will happen on April 14, with the winner going via to the semi-final stage of the competitors.
Ought to Guardiola’s expenses progress, they are going to preserve their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple of the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, with the ultimate of latter set to be performed on April 25 towards Tottenham.