Following last night’s dismal officiating of the match between Real Madrid and Juventus by the English referee, Michael Oliver who allegedly wrongly awarded Real Madrid with a last minute penalty which sees the secure a spot in this year’s Champions League Semi Final, Mobizone Sport have compiled a list of top controversial moments in Champions League.
5. Man United vs Real Madrid (2012/2013 Round of 16):
Nani was given a straight red card by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir for a challenge on the Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa in a match which sees Luka Modric and the former United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo, denied the Premier League leaders a place in the quarter-finals.
Although, the leg was high but the intention was debatable as the Portuguese player was aiming for the ball and a straight red card looked too harsh, in a match that was going in United’s favour.
4. Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (2016/17 Semi Final)
Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi final of the 2016/17 season to reach the final. Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick in Real Madrid’s comfortable Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid – but should his first have stood? When an initial cross was whipped in by Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo was clearly standing in an offside position. The ball never reached him and was cleared away by Stefan Savic, but only came back to Casemiro. Atletico Madrid appealed the penalty but their protest was ignored by the referee. Majority of football pundits criticized Real Madrid and particularly Ronaldo for cheating.
3. Barcelona vs AC Milan (2005/2006 Semi Final):
The Milan side of 2006 were still hurting from the painful defeat at Istanbul a year ago and were eager to get over that disappointment.
The first leg of the tie was at the San Siro and the away team, Barcelona, took a 1-0 advantage for the decider in Nou Camp a week later. In the return leg, Milan had to score at least once to take the game to extra time.
However, they struggled to score past a resilient Barcelona defence and on the other side the Milan goalkeeper, Dida, was keeping them in the game with some vital saves.
In the 69th minute, the controversial moment of the game and the entire leg came. Shevchenko had just put the ball past Victor Valdes and Milan were about to celebrate a tie changing goal, but the German referee, Markus Merk, had other ideas and blew the whistle for a foul by Shevchenko on Puyol.
TV replays clearly showed that there was no contact by Shevchenko on Puyol and the Spanish man tumbled on his own.
2. Real Madrid vs Juventus (2017/2018 Quarter Final)
Inspired by Roma’s astonishing comeback to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League in the forthnight, Juventus needed at least to be leading Real Madrid 3-0 to take the game to an extra-time, a feat they almost achieved after scoring three goals without conceding any, taking it to the last minute before the unbelievable happened.
Real Madrid were awarded a dubious penalty after Vazquez fell to the ground inside Juve’s box following a soft challenge by Benatia. This didn’t go down well with veteran goalkeeper Buffon who angrily protested and was immediately sent off by the referee
Ronaldo converted from the spot to send Real Madrid straight to the semi final. The decision by the English referee, Michael Oliver had received major criticisms from pundits and fans alike. This decision goes down as one of the most controversial moment in Champions League history
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1. Barcelona vs Chelsea (2008/2009 Semi Final)
Labelled as one of the most eccentric Champions League matches ever and one of the most controversial games of all time, Barcelona managed to somehow qualify for the finals after what can only be called as bad refereeing. Chelsea was within minutes of earning a spot in the Champions League final when Andres Iniesta destroyed their hopes in extra-time and enraged the home supporters who were already suffering, thanks to Tom Henning Ovrebo.
Which is your favourite most controversial moment?