Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

UEFA charges Pep Guardiola, Liverpool after Champions League clash

UEFA charges Pep Guardiola, Liverpool after Champions League clash

Trailing 3-0 from the first-leg City manager Pep Guardiola had said his team needed to produce a "perfect game" if they were to achieve a famous comeback and for 45 minutes they were not far off that level.

City might have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time had Leroy Sané's strike not been chalked off controversially for offside, but Liverpool scored twice in 20 second-half minutes to end City's European campaign at the quarter-final stage. If you could say something about us in the past, on an average day we lose cheap goals. That's why he sent me off.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner says that his side "woke up" after conceding early against Manchester City on Tuesday evening.

Guardiola added: "I know [the referee] from Spain".

As a result, the Manchester City chief was ordered to watch the second half of the Champions League clash from the stands. "But Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special", he said.

"He's a referee who likes to feel different, he's special".

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'I said at half-time if we score a goal it will change the atmosphere.

Guardiola felt City were on the wrong end of some poor decisions, which he felt included Raheem Sterling being denied a penalty after a challenge by Andy Robertson.

But, with Sane's goal scrubbed, a single goal was a meager return for City's relentless and energetic attacks in the first half.

"It's different when the first goal in Anfield is offside", Guardiola said.

"In these kind of games, in these competitions, the impact is so big". It's different when Gabriel Jesus' goal at Anfield is offside. Of course they have an influence.

He told BT Sport: "It's the same from the last game, against United".

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"I know what happened in Monaco last season, at 1-1, with an incredible penalty [not given to] Sergio Aguero".

"It's hard to take", said Jesus.

Liverpool are through to the semi-finals after coming from behind to secure a win at the Etihad Stadium.

In the last four they could meet two of the aforementioned teams, with Barcelona were surprisingly knocked out by Roma on away goals despite leading 4-1 from the first leg.

I really think [City] are the best team in the world at the moment.

The remonstrations achieved nothing apart from Liverpool Juergen Klopp having no company on the sideline for the second half of this quarterfinal second leg that City lost 2-1 to go out 5-2 on aggregate.

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"We've had 10 wonderful months".

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