It’s fair to say that referee Viktor Kassai won’t be welcome in Munich anytime soon.
The Hungarian ref made a series of baffling decisions which ultimately cost Bayern Munich a place in the Champions League semi-final.
Firstly, he failed to send off Casemiro despite the Brazilian making numerous late challenges whilst already on a yellow card.
He then incredibly sent off Arturo Vidal when it appeared he had produced a good tackle on Marco Asensio.
Then, in extra-time, Cristiano Ronaldo profited from two dodgy offside calls to score twice and take the tie away from their German opponents.
While Kassai can’t be blamed for allowing Ronaldo’s goals to stand – the assistant referees are to blame for that – that didn’t stop one angry football fan from editing his Wikipedia page.
KASSAI’S WIKIPEDIA PAGE
The first line of his individual page now reads: “Viktor Kassai is a Hungarian football referee who currently plays for Real Madrid.”
— Troll Football (@Troll__Footbal) April 18, 2017
With the help of the officials, Madrid marched onto the semi-finals of the competition once again thanks to a hat-trick from Ronaldo and a late Asensio strike.
The tie has been taken into extra-time, though, after Robert Lewandowski’s penalty and a calamitous own goal from Sergio Ramos sandwiched a Ronaldo header during the 90 minutes.
But, just before the final whistle, Vidal received his marching orders for a decent looking tackle.
And if playing an extra 30 minutes with 10 men was hard enough, the Bavarians weren’t helped with the assistant referee failing to see Ronaldo standing a couple of yards offside when he made it 2-2 on the night from Ramos’ pass.
Ronaldo then completed his hat-trick but, once again, was in an offside position when Marcelo squared the ball to him.
There was nothing wrong with Asensio’s strike, though, which made sure Madrid joined their city rivals, Atletico, in the last-four of the competition.
We doubt Kassai will be refereeing another match in Europe’s elite competition this season, though.
Madrid are aiming to become the first club to retain the Champions League and moved a step closer by eventually seeing off Bayern.
For long periods, Madrid were edgy defensively and uncertain going forward – with Ronaldo guilty of wasting a number of chances in normal time.
Bayern knew they would have to become only the third side to overturn a first-leg home defeat in a Champions League tie to reach their sixth successive semi-final.
Fewer places are harder to achieve that than the home of the 11-time European champions.
Although only one away team had managed to leave the Bernabeu with victory in Madrid’s previous 33 home matches in all competitions, Bayern looked confident and organised as they quietened the home crowd.
Bayern top scorer Lewandowski, who missed the first leg with a shoulder injury, fired them ahead with a coolly taken penalty before Ramos’ bizarre own goal – the ball ricocheting off his right foot and spinning inside the near post – forced extra time.
But Madrid eventually wrestled control of the tie thanks to their numerical advantage and the decisions of the officials.
Sheer relief greeted the final two Madrid goals as their jubilant players wildly celebrated reaching a record seventh successive semi-final in Europe’s premier club competition.