Sacrificed It All, To Enrich My Life For A Second!
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He did. You may think you saw Higuain and Ramos get the assists but it was in fact the referee.
Nige, I agree we defended poorly on the two goals. However being down to 10 men and Madrid smelling blood, you knew it was going to happen. It knocked our momentum (which we still had after the Ramos own goal) and Cleverley didn't close Modric down and Rafael can be blamed for the Ronaldo goal (but was brilliant throughout besides that mistake) but I'd also put blame on the cross coming in and also De Gea for not reacting. Still, it doesn't deny the fact the referee ruined the game and handed Madrid the upper hand for a harsh and wrong red card.
Before the red card, Madrid offered nothing and United were the better team, especially on the break and the way we defended. That is why it was an unfair elimination as if Nani wasn't sent off, I could see us getting another goal and/or holding on as Madrid were so poor in their attack and the pressure would have been on them. Sure, we missed some really good chances even when down to 10 men but Nani was a real threat down the left and had the beating of his man a lot. It's a real shame it happened but I stand by my opinion that we were unfairly eliminated. Madrid scored more goals but the referee helped them on their way to scoring the goals and securing the win.