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Nani "in tears" after controversial Champions League red card

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Nani reacts to being sent off on Tuesday (© Getty Images)
Nani reacts to being sent off on Tuesday (© Getty Images).

Nani was inconsolable after he was sent off in Manchester United’s Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The Portuguese winger was shown a controversial red card by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir after 56 minutes with the Red Devils leading the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

Following his dismissal for a high tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa, Madrid snatched the two goals they needed to progress to the quarter-finals, leaving Nani “in tears” in the home dressing room.

A source close to Nani is reported by the Daily Mail as saying: “Nani was inconsolable.

“He was on the phone to Portugal sobbing, asking people if they thought he had done anything wrong.”

It was former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo who landed the decisive blow, slotting home from Gonzalo Higuain’s cross after 69 minutes to keep his side on track for a record 10th European Cup win.

Ronaldo admitted afterwards it felt strange to score against his former side on his first game back at Old Trafford since he joined Madrid in 2009, and admitted he was ‘sad’ to see the Red Devils leave the competition so early.

“I went into the dressing room to speak to all the players, the coach, the president, to the Glazers,” he said. 

“On one side I feel happy for Madrid to go through, the other side I feel a little bit sad because it is not easy to forget this home.

“The feeling was strange — it was not just this game but the first game too; I felt a bit shy in my game but I’m happy because Madrid got through.

The Portuguese superstar also spoke out about Ryan Giggs, who made his 1000th career appearance on Tuesday.

He is the flag of this club and I’m happy for him,’ he said. ‘I think he’s going to finish when he’s 50!’

 

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