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Talking Point of United vs Real tie: Nani red card

Last updated on: March 6, 2013 10:43 IST

Talking Point of United vs Real tie: Nani red card

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The Champions League game between Manchester United and Real Madrid was in true sense a cracker on the cards.

-Photos: Ronaldo knocks out United after Nani sees red

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Real coach, Jose Mourinho rightly said that 'whole world would be watching' the game and the players did live up to the expectations. And what is a football game without any controversial decisions!

The dismissal of Nani for a second-half foul on Alvaro Arbeloa wins hands down as the talking point of the game.

Nani challenged for the ball with a raised foot and had eyes for the ball but caught Arbeloa. It looked like dangerous and at worst Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir could have done away with a yellow card.

Instead the referee waited for Nani to get up and shocked the entire crowd at Old Trafford.

At that time, United were leading 2-1 through Sergio Ramos' own-goal.


Image: Referee sends off Nani
Photographs: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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United fans cried injustice. Their decibel levels notched much higher in protest. But the damage was done.

Rio Ferdinand sarcastically applauded in the face of Cakir after the final whistle.

The incident could be on the top of the most harrowing moments of Sir Alex Ferguson's list.

United manager Alex Ferguson was so upset by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's controversial decision that he sent assistant Mike Phelan to address a packed news conference.


Image: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reacts after Nani is sent off
Photographs: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images
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