Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Poor officiating scars Real Madrid's quarterfinal victory

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Leicester City 1-1 Atletico Madrid (1-2 on aggregate)
(Vardy 61')-(Niguez 26')

Real Madrid 4-2 Bayern Munich (6-3 on aggregate)
(Ronaldo 76', 105', 109', Asencio 112')-(Lewandowski PK 53', Ramos OG 77')

The talk of this match should have been the Ronaldo hat trick leading Real Madrid to a sixth consecutive Champions League semi-final. Instead, the match was marred by poor officiating decisions that affected both sides, but really hurt Bayern Munich when it mattered. Arturo Vidal was shown a second yellow card for a phantom foul in the 85th minute, but he was lucky to still be on the pitch and could have been shown that card much sooner. Casemiro was lucky to finish out the game at all. He committed two yellow worthy fouls after his first caution and was never shown a second.

The real egregious moments came on two of Ronaldo's three goals. The first was offside by a mile and a half and never should have stood. The second was perhaps millimeters offside as well, but I'll forgive the AR for missing that one since he wasn't quite caught up with the play. Instant replay could have corrected all of these mistakes rather easily. Real Madrid may have still won the game, but it would have been by fairer means. Any opponents to video assistance for referees should immediately be shown this game as proof that soccer needs to join the 21st century and allow their officials to go to the tape in order to get the calls right. Ruined celebrations and delays be damned.

Ligue 1
Metz 2-3 Paris-Saint Germain
(Jouffre 78', Diabate 88')-(Cavani 33', Matuidi 36', 90+3')

European League Tables

CONCACAF Champions League- Final First Leg
UANL 1-1 Pachuca
(Sosa 32')-(Lopez 3')

Harrisburg City Islanders 1-1 Orlando City B
(Calvano PK 80')-(Carroll 90+3')

North American League Tables

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Jack Wilshire's season is done thanks to a leg injury. The midfielder broke his leg during Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Tottenham and is in doubt for the start of next year. The England international has spent this campaign on loan from Arsenal and was doing well enough with Bournemouth to make Arsenal supporters wish they had him back. His injuries and off field issues had plagued him in North London, but he was just about beyond that until this latest setback.

Bastia is suing the fans responsible for attacking players during their Ligue 1 match against Olympique Lyonnais, causing the game to be cancelled. No news on what damages they are seeking. France's last place club is looking at side looking at sanctions that could include a points reduction for the already relegation threatened team.

CONCACAF's bid for hosting the 2026 World Cup has received the backing of the OFC. Oceania is the first confederation to publicly back the bid and the March 2018 deadline for the bid to go through without any competition. The USA, Mexico, and Canada are hoping their bid is strong enough in 11 months that FIFA's membership will approve of it right away so they can get started with planning the first 48 team World Cup.

Atlanta United are already stuck playing at Bobby Dodd Stadium thanks to delays in construction at the new Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Those delays are getting worse as their debut has been pushed back to September 9 from July 30. Two MLS games will have to be rescheduled since they won't be able to be played at Bobby Dodd as Georgia Tech remedies for their football season. Atlanta United will no longer play the first sporting event at the new venue because of this delay. A pair of Falcons preseason games will christen the venue instead.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Quarterfinals Second Leg
AS Monaco v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:45pm- FS2
Barcelona v. Juventus- 2:45pm- FS1, ESPN Deportes

New England Revolution v. San Jose Earthquakes- 7:30pm

FC Cincinnati v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7pm- ESPN3

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