not one for defending that lot usually but they were robbed big time tonight, babel's red was stupid but similar to the one saha got against either sigma or athens earlier in the season. the two pens were harsh, the first one the guy was already falling before insua's challenge and the second carragher did have his hand up but it was ball to hand as he was on the deck. also the challenge on torres by luisao that led to babels stupidity should have been a straight red (or would have been if it was the premier league)
they have got a chance of getting through thanks to that class goal from agger but i think benfica may go to anfield looking to hold the lead and catch them on the counter
I can't agree with that mate. I think the ref got all the decisions mentioned right by the letter of the law.
Luisao should not have been sent off for that tackle, it was a blatant yellow card challenge. I'm not sure why Graham Taylor decided that it should have been a red card - and in fact aren't English refs supposed to let more things go than the continental ones anyway, so I can't see that it would have been more likely to get a red in England?
Babel, whilst he didn't hit him in the face, still pushed him twice in the face. I mean, it's not like people don't regularly get sent off for that so for him to do it like he did (having to push round the ref so he could push him a 2nd time ffs!) was complete stupidity and a red card was correct by the letter of the law. Much like Saha's was tbf, although at least his was not right in front of the ref.
Both penalties were reasonable decisions too. Aimar was clearly kicked through the back of the legs by Insua, yes he was already off balance but there's no escaping that Insua kicked him and got nowhere near the ball. As for the Carragher one, he probably didn't mean to handle it but at the end of the day he had his arm raised high above his body and that stopped Benfica's cross from coming in to the area. Probably not the most clear cut decisions you'll ever see, but both correct in my honest opinion.