Tuchel says offside decision ‘felt like betrayal’

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Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel said the decision from officials to stop play before his side scored a stoppage-time equaliser against Real Madrid “feels like a betrayal”. Bayern led 1-0 in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final up until the 88th minute, when substitute Joselu scored twice in three minutes.

With Bayern trailing 2-1 in the 13th minute of stoppage time, Matthijs de Ligt thought he had equalised but assistant referee Tomasz Listkiewicz had already raised his flag for offside. Real defenders stopped before De Ligt fired into the net and television replays showed the original decision may not have been offside and would have needed to be checked by video assistant referee (VAR).

Because play had been stopped, VAR was unable to intervene. Tuchel told TNT Sports “it was a very, very bad decision” and “against the rules”. “There was a disastrous decision from the linesman and the referee. It feels like a betrayal in the end,” he said. “The linesman says sorry but that does not help. To raise the flag in a moment like this… “The referee sees we get the second ball and we get the shot. “It’s hard to swallow but that’s the way it is.”

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