The combination of Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery of Bayern Munich is called ‘Robbery’ by combining the name of both star players but the word was more appropriate when one of the biggest robberies of football took place against Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich took on Real Madrid in the Quarterfinal of the Champions League and most of the people were expecting Real Madrid to win easily at their home, after beating Bayern 2-1 at Allianz Arena, home of Bayern.
Bayern Munich were dominating the first leg at their home and could have been 2-0 up before half-time but a missed penalty shifted the momentum in Madrid’s favour and they ended up winning the first leg 2-1, thanks to two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bayern scored the first goal of the second leg through penalty kick and the match was getting more and more crucial with every passing second as scorer of the next goal would have taken the lead. Ronaldo scored a header to give his side the lead but Sergio Ramos kicked the ball in his own net to level the match once again.
It was 3-3, very much even and people were expecting it to go to penalties. But then a shocking decision from referee killed the match. Arturo Vidal was earlier given a yellow card, which was definitely not needed for that tackle. Once again, in the 84th minute, referee gave another yellow to send him off. 10-men Bayern competed very well and did not concede any goal in the remaining time.
Things went pretty well in the first 14 minutes of the extra-time as well, but another shocking decision came in the 15th minute when Ronaldo was not adjudged offside, despite being offside for at least one meter.
Bayern still did not give up and tried to score again but Ronaldo completed his hat-trick despite being offside again. Players of Bayern Munich looked distressed, like they were robbed of a place in the semifinals.
Not just that, but Real Madrid’s Casemiro was not booked at all, although he made two horrible challenges, which clearly looked bookable offences.
Real Madrid VS Bayern Munich: the biggest daylight robbery of all time.
This is what people think “scandal of the bridge” was. pic.twitter.com/10nb5Kguvx
— Monzi (cvg) (@MagicOfBarca) April 18, 2017
This is not the first time that poor refereeing decisions have helped Spanish teams. Barcelona also had many decisions going in their way in the last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain when they came back from 0-4 down. In 2009 Champions League, the referee was fined and not given an opportunity to do anymore referring in his career when Chelsea were denied 4 clear penalties against Barcelona and the latter had gone on to win the title after beating Manchester United in the final.