Discussion erupts as Kevin De Bruyne cancels Vinicius Jr first-half goal against Manchester City

Real Madrid were pegged back by Manchester City in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League Semifinals first leg on Tuesday. Vinicius Junior’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Kevin De Bruyne to leave the tie finely poised ahead of the return leg at the Etihad next Wednesday.

City took the game to Real Madrid with their directness and potency but couldn’t find a way past Thibaut Courtois, who denied De Bruyne and Rodri in the opening stanza. In the 36th minute, Vinicius broke the deadlock for the Whites with a superb long-range strike that gave Ederson no chance.

Having beaten City 3-1 in the same fixture last year, the holders were seemingly headed to another victory, but De Bruyne drew the visitors level with an emphatic strike midway through the second half.

Aurelien Tchouameni came close to making it 2-1 for Real Madrid late on with another spectacular shot, but Ederson palmed it away as the game ended all square.

As the City players were celebrating, there was a commotion on the touchline as Ancelotti and the Madrid staff remonstrated with the officials.

The Madrid boss received a yellow card and at the time it was not clear why he was so animated.

Speaking after the game, he revealed: “The ball was off the pitch. Technology said it and I don’t understand why VAR didn’t check it.

“The referee didn’t pay attention to many things tonight.”

Replays and new images, released by broadcaster BeIN Sport, showed why Ancelotti was so furious with the decision.

Bernardo Silva controlled the ball right in front of the Italian at the side of the Bernabeu pitch.

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