Did the referee deprive Villarreal of a penalty kick in the face of Liverpool?

Villarreal president Fernando Roig expressed his dissatisfaction with the refereeing performance in the match between his team and its guest Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening, May 3, which the Spanish team lost 2-3 after advancing 2-0, to bid farewell to Championship after also losing the first leg 0-2.

In the opinion of the president of the Spanish club, the referee “blatantly”, from his point of view, condoned a penalty kick for his team (in the 37th minute), which cast a shadow over the final result of the confrontation that ended with the exit of the “yellow submarine” battalion from the race for the “with ears” cup. .

Liverpool players celebrate after qualifying for the UEFA Champions League final winwin

In statements to reporters, Roig referred to the shot in which Liverpool goalkeeper, Brazilian Alison Becker, intervened against Argentine Giovanni Lo Celso and knocked him to the ground, when the score was 1-0 in favor of the Spanish team, but the referee did not calculate anything, claiming that the goalkeeper touched the ball first.

A snapshot of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s attack on Villarreal’s Giovanni Lo Celso

The official explained that the possible error would have also led to the expulsion of the “Reds” goalkeeper, noting that what happened was a “scandal”, in televised statements he made after the match, saying: “Frankly, it was a scandal.”

He added, “I don’t want it to be an excuse because the opponent is a great team that we could have lost with more goals in the first leg, but this does not negate that the refereeing today was not at the right level for this type of match. His performance had an impact on the result.”

He continued, “We were very good in the first half, we were very superior, and we managed to equalize, but after an effort in the first 45 minutes, the team lost its strength. Their first and second goals exhausted us quickly.”

Villarreal defender Raul Albiol: It was a sad but unforgettable night

In a related context, Villarreal defender Raul Albiol expressed his grief over his team’s farewell to the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, expressing his pride in what the team presented in the first half of the match, in which he advanced 2-0, to achieve an uprising and equalize the balance after losing in the first leg. At “Anfield” with the same result, before Liverpool turned the table in the second half and won 2-3.

Albiol said: “It was a sad night, but at the same time unforgettable for us. It hurts us a lot when the fans left, sad after the team’s effort. We tried until the end. It hurts us that we failed to achieve what the fans dreamed of and we were unable to reach the final.”

He added: “We knew that the match was still an extended period and that there were another 45 minutes left, although we did the most difficult, but we had to continue. The opponents pressed more. Their first goal hurt us a lot, and we paid the price for the great effort in the first half. Liverpool is a team with a lot of physical strength.” He is very fast, and when they scored their first goal, we couldn’t keep up with them.”

Albiol described Villarreal’s run in the tournament as “unbelievable”, adding: “We’ve had so many magical nights, it’s hard to see again, but if the team has the desire and continues to work, we can repeat that.”

It is worth noting that Villarreal’s hopes of participating in the next edition of the European Champions League have greatly diminished. The team occupies seventh place in the Spanish League with 52 points, 9 points behind Atletico Madrid, which is in fourth place, with 4 rounds remaining until the end of the tournament.

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