Cristiano Ronaldo’s second and third goals against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu were clearly offside.
The second one, especially. After a pass from Sergio Ramos, he controlled the ball in the area and fired past Neuer.
It was a night of controversial decisions from referee Viktor Kassal, who will no doubt be in the spotlight this week now.
That referee is clearly sold, funny he is looking straight at Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/eRFlkklSIF
— francisco enriquez (@frank109) April 18, 2017
He let Madrid midfielder Casemiro — already on a booking — off twice but didn’t doubt pulling out a second yellow card for Bayern’s Arturo Vidal, who had made a good challenge.
Madrid then put the gloss on what had been a complicated night with another goal in extra-time, this time from Marco Asensio.
The game had ended 2-1 to Bayern in normal time (3-3 on aggregate) but Madrid’s three extra-time goals ensured they reached the last four for a seventh straight season.
Even Gerard Pique appeared to react to Ronaldo’s second goal, publishing the above tweet within second off the ball crossing the line.
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) April 18, 2017
Beaten in Germany, Bayern momentarily beat their opponents back in Spain to take a dramatic Champions League quarter-final into extra time. They did so with a man fewer, after Arturo Vidal was harshly sent off, and wondering what might have been; it was a question they will ask again, and they will ask about the official too.
Madrid must also have wondered what had happened, and how, but at least the European champions emerged to do it all again one day. There had been chances at both ends and there would be more in arena suffering a collective coronary until eventually it was decided. Madrid it was who went through. It had been dramatic and nervous from the start, and hugely enjoyable, too.