Wednesday 21 February 2018

Roy Keane crushes Real Madrid's Marcelo after outrageous dive

Callum Davis

Marcelo's spectacularly awful dive perfectly rounded off an awful night for Real Madrid as they succumbed to a shock 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg.

Goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Max Arnold inside the first 25 minutes were enough to hand Wolfsburg a surprise victory in their Champions League first leg quarter final.

However the humbling defeat for Zinedine Zidane's side was not the most humiliating part of the night, as Marcelo feigned injury with a dramatic dive.

The Brazilian full-back flung himself backwards after his head appeared to make a small amount of contact with Max Arnold's stomach.

Despite he referee miraculously decided Arnold's involvement in Marcelo's theatrical performances warranted punishment, giving the defender a yellow card for his part.

Arnold refused to condemn his opponent for the dive, cheekily adding" "I just wish I had such beautiful hair".

The episode brought back memories of another more clear-cut head butting incident involving the Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane.

The then France captain received a straight red card after head-butting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final, his last appearance as a player on the international stage.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle was unimpressed with Marcelo's dramatic antics.

"The way he goes down there, it's like he's been shot, it's embarrassing," Hoddle said on ITV's Champions League highlights programme.

Hoddle's fellow pundit Roy Keane was unsurprisingly scathing of the dive.

"It's shocking. I do not know how his legs have given way," Keane said.

Steve McManaman, who won the Champions League with Real, also blamed the Real Madrid full-back for being at fault for Wolfsburg's all-important second goal.

"It's like schoolboy under 10s or under 12s defending," the former Liverpool midfielder ranted.

"Marcelo walks across with his arms behind his back and Arnold gets two yards ahead of Ramos.

"Defensively the left back [Marcelo] was all over the place."

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