Bayern Munich Boss Tuchel: Assistant Referee Apologized for Crucial Mistake (Video)

Tuchel Expresses Frustration as Bayern Munich Miss Champions League Final Due to Controversial Decision

Bayern Munich’s head coach, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed that the assistant referee apologized to him after a significant error during an intense Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid. Tuchel expressed his dismay at the “disastrous decision” that led to Bayern Munich missing out on the Champions League final with a 4-3 aggregate loss to Real Madrid.

The semi-final clash had been tightly contested following a 2-2 draw in Germany the previous week. Alphonso Davies surprised everyone by scoring for Bayern with 22 minutes left at the Santiago Bernabeu, putting them in the lead.

Bayern seemed set to end Madrid’s 13-month unbeaten home streak, but Joselu equalized in the 88th minute after a shot by Vinicius Junior was spilled by Manuel Neuer. Three minutes later, Joselu scored again from close range, securing a memorable 2-1 victory for Madrid.

Initially ruled out for offside, Joselu’s goal was later validated by VAR after a review showed both him and Antonio Rudiger were onside. The match was marred by further controversy in stoppage time when a goal by Matthijs de Ligt was disallowed due to an offside call, despite protests from Bayern players.

Tuchel, visibly disappointed, stated, “The linesman says sorry but that does not help. To raise the flag in a moment like this… The referee sees we get the second ball and we get the shot – it’s a very, very bad decision. It’s against the rules. It’s a disaster. It’s hard to swallow but that’s the way it is.”

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Acknowledging the heartbreak of missing out on the final, Tuchel added, “It hurts. It’ll take a while to recover, but on the one hand it’s a loss where we left it all out on the pitch.”

On the other side, Real Madrid’s coach Carlos Ancelotti praised his team’s resilience and credited Joselu’s performance. “Unbelievable. I’m really grateful to them, they work really hard, I think this is the best squad I have ever had in my career,” said Ancelotti, who guided Madrid to the Spanish league title this season.

The controversial decision in the match will likely remain a topic of debate as both teams reflect on the outcome and prepare for their respective future challenges.

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