Manchester United claimed a creditable draw in Madrid last night. But were they lucky?
The answer to that question is 'yes' - according to Marca the popular Spanish newspaper which is well known for it's 'affection' towards Real Madrid.
Here is what they had to say:
"There were two controversial calls and both went against Real Madrid. German referee, Brych should have given Real Madrid a penalty after Jones pushed Di María inside the box and he mistakenly gifted the visitors the corner which led to United´s goal after Kagawa had been the last player to touch the ball."
United did get a bit of a break with the corner, but it's how you deal with those calls which decides the game. United took advantage of the corner to score, while Madrid did not make any of their 12 corners pay.
Phil Jones' 'push' on Di Maria was more an ill-timed shoulder charge, which was clumsy, and on a different day and a with a different referee it could have panned out differently.
But to focus on these is slightly one-eyed, as Marca is renowned for being. Because Real Madrid's goal had a similar touch of fortune, which they failed to mention.
United should have had a throw-in in the build up to the goal, and the throw which the referee awarded it to Real - Fabio Coentra appeared to take a foul throw. It wasn't called and Di Maria promptly crossed for Ronaldo to head home
It's just an example of the calls which go one way and another in such a titanic battle. The good news is the match was played in the right spirit by two clubs and sets of players who respect one another.
The focus should be on Ronaldo's superb header and De Gea's excellent goalkeeping which helped keep Madrid at bay.
What did you think of the referee's calls? Are Marca right or being biased?
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