Football

Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League..

Referee denies Barcelona last-minute penalty against Atletico Madrid

Published 6 Comments

Football News
24/7

A famous night at the Vicente Calderon has just concluded. Atletico Madrid knocked out the reigning champions Barcelona after a 2-0 victory to reach the semi-final of the Champions League. It will go down in folklore for years to come.

But had the referee got one decision right, we could be sitting through another 30 minutes of tantalising football in extra time. That is because he failed to award Barcelona a last-minute penalty.

Yes, seconds after he had given Atletico a penalty for Andres Iniesta's handball – which Antoine Griezmann converted for his second of the night – he awarded a free-kick to Barcelona on the edge of Atletico's penalty area after Gabi committed the same offence.

Article continues below

However, replays clearly show the ball struck Gabi's arm in the box. There is, of course, no guarantee the penalty would have been scored, especially with Barcelona's record from the spot this season. 

But Barcelona should have been given the chance to level the tie on aggregate from 12-yards.

Article continues below

Here is a picture of the incident:

Barcelona

And here is a video:

And here is how Barcelona's players reacted:

But a free-kick it was and Lionel Messi could not find the net with his strike. It would turn out to be the last opportunity for Barcelona and the game rolled to the finish line.

Then it was time for this:

Luck was on Diego Simeone's side tonight and after some pretty sensational defending, no one can say they did not deserve it.

Congratulations, Atletico!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Barcelona
La Liga
UEFA Champions League
Football
Lionel Messi

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again