Bayern Munich Supporters Irate After Late UCL Equalizer Wasn't Sent to VAR

Bayern Munich's Matthijs de Ligt is ruled offside during Champions League semifinal vs. Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich's Matthijs de Ligt is ruled offside during Champions League semifinal vs. Real Madrid. / Screenshot via Paddy Power on X
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The Champions League semifinal between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid ended in some controversy when a late equalizing goal for the German side was called off after the assistant referee prematurely raised his flag for an offside violation.

Matthijs de Ligt was on the receiving end of a brilliant pass behind the defense, which he squared away for what would've been an equalizing goal in the 103rd minute of the game, the 13th minute of added time.

Because the linesman raised his flag early, the play was technically dead before de Ligt's goal, and was thus unable to be reviewed by VAR. Bayern would go on to lose 4–3 on aggregate scoring, as Los Blancos booked their ticket to the Champions League Final.

Naturally, fans of Bayern Munich were irate over the officiating in the final moments of the game, and they, along with other incandescent soccer fans, made their voices heard on social media in the aftermath of what can best be described as a an officiating travesty.



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Karl Rasmussen

KARL RASMUSSEN

Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.