GRAHAM POLL: Manchester United linesman got both big calls right against Chelsea

13 April 2011 12:28
An eagle-eyed Portuguese assistant referee helped Manchester United to progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

He was right to disallow the home side's 'goal' after 27 minutes because Javier Hernandez's head was closer to the goal-line than the head of the second last defender.

Right on both counts: Hernandez misses out (above) but did get his goal (above)

When the lawmakers defined which part of the body should be used to judge offside we all thought they were being pedantic - after last night it is clear why the regulation is important.

The same assistant referee got the law right again by giving the benefit of the doubt to Hernandez when even slow motion failed to show clearly if he was offside when scoring United's opening goal from Ryan Giggs' pass.

STAMP IT OUTNani twice displayed poor sportsmanship last night, waving imaginary cards at referee Olegario Benquerenca in an attempt to get Michael Essien, Alex and John Terry booked.

Chelsea also pressurised the official, crowding him when Terry was shown a yellow card for catching Javier Hernandez with a stray arm.

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