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RB Leipzig and Germany outraged by refereeing scandal in Champions League clash against Real Madrid

RB Leipzig were denied a clear goal in their 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, and the decision has caused outrage in Germany.

The goal, which would have been scored by Benjamin Sesko in the second minute, was ruled out for offside after a VAR review. However, replays showed that Sesko was clearly onside, and even Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos admitted that the goal should have stood.

“The goalkeeper never touches the ball, so it was a goal and it should have been given,” Kroos said.

The decision to rule out the goal has left Leipzig feeling frustrated and aggrieved. The goal would have changed the complexion of the tie, and Leipzig could have gone on to win the game.

As it is, they will now have to go to the Santiago Bernabéu in three weeks needing to score at least twice to progress.

In addition to the disallowed goal, there were also a number of other contentious decisions by the referee, Irfan Peljto. He failed to show a yellow card to Dani Carvajal for a dangerous tackle on Xavi Simons, and he also awarded a number of soft free kicks to Real Madrid.

Leipzig defender David Raum said that the referee “seemed to have forgotten the yellow cards in the dressing room” in the first half.

“In my opinion, he ruined the game a bit,” Raum said. “But we have to look for our own faults.”

Despite the refereeing decisions, Leipzig were also culpable in their own defeat. They started brightly but faded after the early stages, and they were punished for their poor defending when Brahim Diaz scored the winning goal in the 48th minute.

Leipzig will now need to produce a big performance in the second leg if they are to overturn the deficit and progress to the quarter-finals.

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