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Thomas Tuchel ‘betrayed’ by Real Madrid ‘disaster’ while linesman has apologized according to him

Thomas Tuchel was seething in the aftermath of Bayern Munich’s loss to Real Madrid after a controversial referee decision deprived his team of a Champions League lifeline

Thomas Tuchel was furious after Bayern Munich’s defeat to Real Madrid(TNT Sports)

Thomas Tuchel has hit out at match officials after Bayern Munich were denied a seemingly legitimate goal in their Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid.

Despite taking the lead in the second half through David Alaba, Bayern were left fighting for their lives after a dramatic late double from Joselu. It looked like Konrad Laimer had taken the tie into extra time by scoring with virtually the last kick of the match, but the goal was disallowed by the linesman for offside.

Replays showed the decision was tight and the incident was not checked by VAR as the offside flag was raised early.

A furious Tuchel branded the incident a “betrayal” in his post-match interview with TNT Sports, with the outgoing Bayern Munich chief also revealing that the referees had already apologised.

He raged: “We’re almost through, it’s almost time and there was a very unusual mistake from our best player for the equalizer and then we conceded the second in stoppage time.

“Then we scored one and there was a disastrous decision by the linesman and the referee. It ultimately feels like betrayal. There was a huge fight, we left everything on the field and we were almost there. Now we say congratulations to Real Madrid.

“The linesman says sorry, but that doesn’t help. To raise the flag at such a moment… The referee sees that we get the second ball and we shoot – it’s a very, very bad decision. It’s against the rules. It’s a disaster. It’s hard to swallow, but that’s how it is.”

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