By Alan Duffy
Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid – Champions League – 5th March 2013
Referee Cuneyt Cakır, the man who sent off John Terry in last season’s Champions League semi-final, was the villain of the piece (from the home side point of view) at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. The official’s controversial decision to send Nani off for dangerous play on 56 minutes was a major turning point in a dramatic night in Manchester.
Prior to the sending off, the Red Devils had impressed, with Danny Welbeck superb and Wayne Rooney surprisingly relegated to a place on the subs’ bench from the start. The home side’s pressure eventually told when Sergio Ramos put through his own net just after the break but Nani’s sending off would totally change the dynamic of the game.
Jumping in with his foot very high, Nani caught former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa in the