Sunday 26 February 2017

Klose makes most of refereeing blunders

Bayern Munich 2
Fiorentina 1

Bayern Munich clinched a controversial victory over 10-man Fiorentina to take a slender advantage into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Italy in a fortnight's time.

Arjen Robben put the German side ahead with a penalty on the stroke of half-time, but Per Kroldrup got a deserved equaliser five minutes into the second half.

Referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, in charge of the controversial semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea last season, then harshly sent Massimo Gobbi off for an innocuous tackle, before letting Miroslav Klose off with a booking for a much nastier challenge.

To rub salt into the Fiorentina wounds, it was Klose who nodded in the winner while clearly offside.

"I haven't seen the replays, but I have a feeling I was offside," the German striker admitted afterwards.

Bayern may have won their last 12 games but they were forced to weather an early storm. However they took the lead just before the interval -- no thanks to referee Ovrebo, who failed to play advantage when Mario Gomez stroked home the loose ball after Franck Ribery had been fouled in the box by Kroldrup. Robben, though, spared the official's blushes by coolly sending Sebastian Frey the wrong way from the spot.

Kroldrup levelled soon after the break, pouncing when Juan Varga flapped at a corner. But after Gobbi's dismissal, Klose got away with a two-footed lunge and then headed a late winner when two yards offside.

Irish Independent

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