Bayern blast referee after Champions League ouster

Hungarian official Viktor Kassai controversially sent off Arturo Vidal late in the second-half

On the subject of referees, he said: "At this point I think it's absolutely indispensable".

Well, it worked better than pretty much anything else Bayern tried on the night, though Ronaldo still got up to celebrate wildly with his team-mates.

They say no one likes to see this kind of thing in the game, but if petty on-pitch scraps and controversy are your thing then this game pretty much had the lot.

The Real Madrid superstar scored a ideal hat-trick to help his side beat Bayern 4-2 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.

When two big teams meet like this in the Champions League, such a robbery can not happen.

"In the first half we had many opportunities and we could score a goal or two, also in the second half too".

"We were lucky in some situations, but also a bit unlucky in terms of refereeing decisions".

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Lahm, who will retire at the end of the season, praised his team-mates for their fighting spirit, but conceded that it was a hard way to play his last game in the competition.

"Making six goals against a team like Bayern is not easy and we deserve to move through to the semi-finals".

The 32-year-old then insisted his side can nearly "smell" their 12th European Cup triumph after reaching a record-breaking seventh consecutive UCL semi-final. Jerome Boateng and I just tried to shut out all our physical problems, which we managed well. "Now we want more". The Portuguese worldwide appeared to be in an offside position on both occasions but took full advantage of the linesman failing to raise his flag to knock Bayern out of the tournament.

"We had thought of everything going into this game - except the referee".

Ronaldo was at the centre of the action last night as it was his hat-trick which dragged Los Blancos into the semi-final of the competition and kept their chances of becoming the first team to retain the trophy in its current format alive.

"We were so close and at 2-1 the whole stadium and Real were very nervous".

Alonso, who won both Euro 2008 and 2012, plus the 2010 World Cup with Spain, was equally pragmatic, but admitted it was special to make his 119th Champions League appearance at his former club Real.

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