A controversial penalty kick helped Guardiola reach the Champions League semi-final with Man City for the first time. Was there a foul?

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A controversial penalty kick helped Guardiola reach the Champions League semi-final with Man City for the first time. Was there a foul?

Borussia was close to a sensation, but the referee’s decision changed everything.

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Josep Guardiola reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in five seasons with Manchester City. Prior to that, the team under the leadership of the Catalan was eliminated once in the 1/8 finals (from Monaco) and three times in the quarterfinals (from Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon). Perhaps now Pep will be able to finally compete for the trophy with the “townspeople”.

“If we do not win the Champions League, I will be called a loser,” Guardiola said before the return leg against Borussia Dortmund. – If we win, they will start saying: “Wow, Pep is very good!” But the Champions League was won by my players, not me. I didn’t win the Champions League with Barcelona – the players did it. I just combined them with a coaching idea. “

Interestingly, in Dortmund, the Catalan coach was also on the verge of failure. After the first half, Borussia won with a 1: 0 score that suited it. Jude Bellingham led the home team, with the Borussia Dortmund scoring at the age of 17 and 289 days to become the second youngest player to hit a goal in a Champions League playoff. At a younger age, only ex-Barcelona striker Boyan Krkic was different (17 years and 217 days).

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The key episode that turned the game upside down happened in the 55th minute: a penalty kick was assigned to the goal of Borussia. Spanish arbiter Carlos Del Cerro Grande fixed the play with the hand from the side Emre Jana… The midfielder argued that he was trying to play the ball by touching his head, but the VAR referees supported Grande’s decision. A very difficult moment and a controversial penalty! Scored from the “point” Riyadh Marez

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The arbitrator’s decision caused a lot of controversy on social media. Foreign fans were divided into two camps, with the majority believing that the referee made a mistake. Many are sure that the English club was stronger than the opponent, but the appointment of the 11-meter strike raises questions. Be that as it may, the controversial penalty helped Guardiola reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time.

By the way, in the first match of these teams against Borussia, a penalty was awarded for a foul by Jan. However, then the judge Ovidiu Hatsegan canceled his decision. Unlike Grande, he went to watch the replay and concluded that Emre was not breaking the rules on Rodri. In general, Jan is the anti-hero of the confrontation with Man City. Dortmund also conceded the first goal in England due to his mistake.

Philip Foden’s goal in the 75th minute of the game in Dortmund confirmed the victory of the Premier League leader. The Germans missed the corner kick.

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An important achievement of Guardiola: his team neutralized Erling Holland, who left the field without a goal in both matches. Previously, the Norwegian has not scored in the Champions League only twice: Liverpool in the group stage with Red Bull Salzburg and PSG for Dortmund in the round of 16. Holland has a total of 20 goals in 16 Champions League games. Phenomenal statistics! Borussia was close to a sensation, but Man City closed the 20-year-old striker with some luck.

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