A dreadful mistake by a referee in Real Madrid’s UEFA Youth League game allowed Porto to advance to the quarter-final.
Swiss referee Adrien Jaccottet awarded a bizarre penalty to Porto when he believed a Real Madrid defender handled the ball illegally in the box.
The defender, Luismi Quezada, slid in to stop Porto’s captain, Rui Moreira, from getting behind Madrid’s defence. As he slid in for the challenge, the ball went out for a goal kick. So Quezada picked the ball up to give it back to his goalkeeper.
The referee immediately blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot, much to the amazement of the young Real Madrid team. Porto’s number nine Leonardo stepped up to convert the penalty.
It was a very bizarre decision that referee wasted no time in making. It definitely influenced the outcome of the game. Real Madrid will think that the referee had it in for them as he had already sent off Dani Fernandez in the 49th minute.
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Madrid managed to actually go a goal ahead with only 10 men but when Porto were gifted the penalty, the game ended 1-1 with a penalty shoot-out to follow.
Porto won the resulting shoot-out 3-1 and progressed to the quarterfinals to face the winner of Barcelona v Anderlecht.
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