Munich: Bayern Munich's 4-0 rout of Barcelona in a Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday was partly down to two goals that should have been chalked off, said assistant coach Jordi Roura. Mario Gomez looked marginally offside when he turned in Thomas Mueller's header from close range for the second goal in the 49th minute.
The two-goal Mueller also appeared to obstruct Jordi Alba when the full back attempted to stop Arjen Robben as the Dutch international winger ran through to score Bayern's third after 73 minutes. "I don't want to talk about the referee but it's clear they scored two illegitimate goals," Roura told reporters.
"In every game we have played away from home, against AC Milan and Paris St Germain, there have been debatable decisions but I don't want this to be an excuse. "There were illegal goals but we mustn't take away credit from our opponents. Bayern were the better team and we were not able to resist their physical pressure."
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said he did not have a perfect sight of the two disputed goals from the bench. "When you're on the touchline it's very difficult to have a clear view of what happened," he explained. Champions League matches feature five officials, including one on each goalline, to spot infringements in the penalty area....more
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