Football News: Villarreal president Fernando Roig criticised the lack of a penalty in his team’s Champions League semi-final loss against Liverpool.
The Spanish team fought back from a two-goal deficit in the first leg to tie the game at the break. If Giovani Lo Celso had been handed a penalty after colliding with Alisson, their 2-0 lead could have been even bigger.
The playmaker was scythed down by the Liverpool goalkeeper. However, referee Danny Makkelie determined that the Brazilian had possession of the ball.
Before Francis Coquelin made it 2-0, it was a 1-0 decision. Their efforts, however, were in vain, as the quadruple chasing team scored three goals in the second half. Roig was incensed, and as his team’s Champions League journey came to an end.
Football News: What did Fernando Roig say?
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Before Francis Coquelin made it 2-0, it was a 1-0 decision. Their efforts, however, were in vain, as the quadruple chasing team scored three goals in the second half. Roig was incensed, and as his team’s Champions League journey came to an end, he went at the man in the middle.
Roig went on to say: “In the first half, there were three fouls on the edge of the box; the set-piece is crucial, and we couldn’t have it. I’m not mad, and it’s a source of pride for me to have made it this far, but the arbitration has been a nightmare”.
Despite loud protestations from the home players, Makkelie declined to view the VAR monitor. Despite the Villarreal manager’s rage, Unai Emery refused to blame the referee.
What did Emery have to say about it?
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“When you lose, it’s a terrible time for everyone,” he told BBC Sport. “We can’t be content with the way we’ve been playing strong matches. good clashes against Juventus and Bayern Munich, and then some excellence against Liverpool.”
“We showed everyone tonight in the first half that we are a good squad and that we can create opportunities as well, but the difference in two matches was with them.”
Villarreal had beaten Manchester United in their group before defeating Juventus in Turin and Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Emery led the Spanish club to the Europa League trophy last season. His credentials have been further enhanced by an amazing run to the semi-finals this season.
Liverpool now have the chance to win their seventh Champions League crown in a few weeks’ time. They will be anxiously waiting to see who their opponent might be.