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Roberto Carlos blames pitch for Makaay's lightning strike
March 08, 2007 18:53 IST
Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos said the pitch was responsible for the mistake that allowed Bayern Munich to take the lead after 10 seconds of their Champions League game on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Brazilian lost control of the ball to Bayern winger Hasam Salihamidzic when he received a pass from team mate Fernando Gago after the kickoff.
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Salihamidzic raced down the right flank and supplied a perfect pass for Makaay to slide a shot past keeper Iker Casillas.
"The ball bobbled off the surface and bounced just in front of me," the former Brazilian international was quoted as saying in sports daily Marca on Thursday. "The pitch wasn't in good condition and it was a real shame.
"We didn't concede the goal because of a lack of concentration, it was because the ball bobbled when I got it."
Makaay's strike was the fastest goal scored in a Champions League match, beating the previous record set by Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva, who scored after 20 seconds against PSV Eindhoven in September 2002.
Real's sporting director Predrag Mijatovic appeared to disagree with Roberto Carlos's explanation.
"We broke another record by conceding the quickest goal in the Champions League," he told reporters after the match.
We didn't start the match with the right levels of concentration and that surprised me."
Roberto Carlos, who has won three European Cups and three league titles in his 11 seasons at Real, quit international soccer after Brazil's 1-0 World Cup quarter-final defeat by France in which he was widely blamed for failing to mark goalscorer Thierry Henry.
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