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‘This is shameful, the linesman said sorry’ – Bayern Munich defender blasts following Real Madrid game



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Real Madrid booked their place in the finals of the UEFA Champions League after securing a comeback 2-1 win over Bayern Munich (4-3 on aggregate) at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Having fallen behind to an Alphonso Davies screamer in the second period, Real Madrid produced a stunning remontada with a brace from Joselu settling things in their favour.

However, there was a moment of controversy in the dying stages of the game when Bayern Munich thought they had equalised through Matthijs de Ligt, only to learn that the referee had blown the whistle for offside seconds before.

As such, the goal did not stand, much to the fury of De Ligt and the rest of the Bayern Munich camp.

Speaking to the media after the game, the Bayern Munich defender was angry at the refereeing mistake and called the decision ‘shameful’ while also admitting that the linesman had said sorry for raising his flag for offside.

“The last play? We all know the rules. If there is a possible offside you have to let the game go on. This was shameful. The linesman said he was sorry and that it was a mistake,” said De Ligt (h/t MARCA).

De Ligt was unhappy with the referee’s call. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

“With Joselu’s goal (the second) he did let play go on and with ours he didn’t,” insisted the 24-year-old Dutchman.

However, De Ligt credited Real Madrid for their fight and performance after going behind, saying:

“It’s unbelievable. It’s easy to talk about the referee, but in the end they deserved it.”

“We had it very close. You go from winning to losing in ten minutes. We were very close to the final, they’ve pulled away and put the pressure on,” he added.

“Madrid when you think they are dead have one last gasp. That’s why they have won the Champions League 14 times; that makes the difference.”

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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