He knew it was coming, we all knew it was coming and you couldn't help but feel for Xabi Alonso as he lay on the turf in the Allianz Arena, unable to look at the referee he was certain would be brandishing a yellow card.
Real Madrid thrashed Bayern Munich 4-0 in their Champions League semi-final to book their place in the showpiece event in Lisbon after a breathtaking exhibition of power counter-attacking football. Alonso will not be in the squad for that match because the caution he received for a clumsy challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger was his second of the knockout stages.
It was his own fault, however, as it was a mindless challenge; you could say that going to ground in an area where there was no danger when his side were 3-0 up means he deserves it, but that would be a bit harsh. We all know the rules but getting three yellow cards in 13 matches hardly seems enough punishment to miss the biggest club match of the year in Europe.
UEFA aren't going to change it now and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had a job on his hands to replace a player that is vital to his team playing to their capacity. He won't be the first manager to have to deal with it, however, as the heartbreaking cup final suspension is something well-know.
GMS have picked out the eight we felt to be the most emotional or damaging to their team's chances in the final and have lined them up for your pleasure.
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