Watch: Vazquez appears to foul Sadio Mane moments before Madrid goal
Jurgen Klopp and Sadio Mane were left fuming after the referee failed to award Liverpool a free-kick in the moments before Real Madrid’s second goal in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.
With Madrid leading 1-0, Mane appeared to be fouled by Madrid right-back Lucas Vazquez, who pushed him in the back as the pair chased a long ball.
But play was allowed to continue and within 27 seconds Marco Asensio had doubled Madrid’s lead by capitalising on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s error.
VAR reviewed the incident but didn’t take any action and Gini Wijnaldum remonstrated with the referee, while Mane was booked for his protests.
“It’s a definite foul 100%,” Peter Crouch told BT Sport at half-time. “He has no eyes on the ball, it’s a foul on any point in the pitch. You can see why Wijnaldum went to the ref.”
Liverpool pulled a goal back through Mo Salah before Vinicius struck his second of the night to restore Real’s two-goal advantage.
After the final whistle, Klopp could be seen remonstrating with the referee and later accused him of having “something personal” against Mane.
No lance anterior ao segundo gol do Real Madrid, rolou esse lance entre Mané e Lucas Vázquez. Nada foi marcado.pic.twitter.com/cYOPbZfF7o
— Opinião Futebol (@_opiniaofutebol) April 6, 2021