Deniz Aytekin, the official in charge of the Champions League last-16 second leg between Barcelona and PSG, has been heavily criticised by the press.
Barcelona accomplished an impressive feat by coming back from a 4-goal deficit. However, the referee’s influence on some of the actions in the game have slightly overshadowed the Catalan’s achievement.
Aytekin has been ticked off mostly for having pointed to the penalty spot after the Uruguayan striker went down in the box, with no apparent contact coming from any PSG players.
It has chiefly been his own country’s press who were not forgiving after the German official’s performance, apparently aiding Barcelona’s accomplishment.
Nespaper Tagesspiegel’s message was clear: « Aytekin helped Barcelona’s comeback. »
A German commentator stated: “Everyone knows that Barcelona’s miracle was only possible thanks to Deniz Aytekin. I think he can probably forget about taking holidays in France for the rest of his life…“
11Freunde described the penalty as « a joke – a bad one at that » , also adding: ”It was a brutal decision, the referee Deniz Aytekin was conned by Luis Suárez and clearly could not tolerate any more whinging and theatrics from the Uruguayan ».
Video: Sumptuous doubled of Ronaldo at Apoel!
And 5 then 5 for Real. First at the reception of a center Marcelo, Ronaldo jumps higher than everyone and takes the ball of the head. The Portuguese scored his seventh goal of the season in the Champions League. 5-0 for Madrid. Four minutes later, the Portuguese also scored twice. After a bad pass behind Rueda, Benzema has anticipated and against the release of Perez. Ronaldo followed well and hit in pivot in the empty goal. 6-0 for Real!
Cristiano Ronaldo and Top 20 scorer in UEFA LDC history
Real Madrid, led by star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, is playing tonight on the pitch of APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus) on the occasion of the fifth and penultimate day of the group stage of the UEFA LDC.
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Beaten severely in Wembley against Tottenham (3-1), on the fourth day, the Merengue are still well placed to qualify for the round of 16 and will need a single point tonight to validate their ticket. To do this, the protected gifted Kabyle Zinédine Yazid Zidane can surely count on their Lusitanian expert CR7, who still reigns supreme on the ranking of the top scorers in the history of the LDC.
Indeed, the first player in history to pass the bar of 100 goals in the most prestigious club competitions in the last fiscal year, the quadruple Golden Ball now counts the incredible total of 112 goals scored in C1, including 96 with Real Madrid and 16 in the jersey of Manchester United.
As a reminder, here are the top 20 scorers in the history of the UEFA Champions League:
(Players participating in the 2017-2018 Champions League are entered in bold)
1) Cristiano Ronaldo: 112 | Sporting Portugal (0), Manchester United (16), Real Madrid (96)
2) Lionel Messi: 98 | FC Barcelona (98)
3) Raúl: 71 | Real Madrid (66), Schalke 04 (5)
4) Ruud van Nistelrooy: 60 | PSV Eindhoven (9), Manchester United (38), Real Madrid (13)
5) Andriy Shevchenko: 59 | Dynamo Kiev (22), AC Milan (33), Chelsea FC (4)
6) Karim Benzema: 51 | Olympique Lyonnais (12), Real Madrid (39)
7) Thierry Henry: 51 | AS Monaco (7), Arsenal FC (35), FC Barcelona (9)
8) Filippo Inzaghi: 50 | Juventus (17), AC Milan (33)
9) Alfredo Di Stéfano: 49 | Real Madrid (49)
10) Zlatan Ibrahimović: 49 | Ajax Amsterdam (7), Juventus (3), Inter Milan (6), Barcelona FC (4), AC Milan (9), Paris SG (20)
11) Eusebio: 47 | Benfica Lisbon (47)
12) Alessandro Del Piero: 44 | Juventus (44)
13) Didier Drogba: 44 | Olympique Marseille (5), Chelsea FC (36), Galatasaray (3)
14) Robert Lewandowski: 41 | Borussia Dortmund (17), Bayern Munich (24)
15) Thomas Müller: 39 | Bayern Munich (39)
16) Fernando Morientes: 39 | Real Madrid (19), AS Monaco (9), Liverpool FC (3), Valencia CF (8), Olympique Marseille (0)
17) Ferenc Puskás: 35 | Budapest Honvéd (1), Real Madrid (34)
18) Gerd Müller: 34 | Bayern Munich (34)
19) Wayne Rooney: 34 | Manchester United (34)
20) Samuel Eto’o: 33 | FC Barcelona, Inter, Chelsea
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After the match, Cristiano clash again the press
The Portuguese striker left Nicosia with a double under his arm and three points for his club, but everything was not rosy for him.
The Real Madrid number ‘7’ changed dramatically as it passed the press zone, where journalists were waiting for several players to confide in after the match.
Cristiano accelerated his pace, without a glance at the press, until he heard a reporter ask him a question: « Cristiano, do you stop, are you talking today? »
The Portuguese flip-flopped and looked at the journalist clarifying that he had no desire to make statements: « Why stop me? » I do not want to talk because every time I say something you publish another, how do you want me to speak? »
His speech ended, ‘CR7’ did not look behind him. Everything comes from a supposed misinterpretation of his words by the press, the latter having published that he accused the club to have less experience than last year.
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