Lucescu hits out at officials after Real Madrid defeat

The Ukrainian side fell to a humbling 4-0 defeat on Tuesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two penalties, and the 70-year-old was disappointed with the referees’ performance

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu criticised referee Ivan Bebek’s performance following Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half when Taras Stepanenko was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Sergio Ramos, before Shakhtar were twice penalised for handballs in the penalty area.

Darijo Srna’s punishment seemed particularly harsh, with the ball appearing to touch his back rather than his hand, and Cristiano Ronaldo tucked both spot-kicks away en route to a 26-minute hat-trick.

And Lucescu was left frustrated by the display of the officials, claiming that they suffered under the pressure of the occasion.

“In these matches against the best teams the same things happens to us,” he said.

“While the referee shows us a yellow card, with giants like Madrid, they just warn them for fouls without a card.

“[Srna’s] was not a penalty. Considering the level, the referee has suffered a high pressure from the stadium.

“Real Madrid don’t need these aids.”

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