“You can”t normally score these goals in half an hour”… Ajax coach shellshocked as Lyon hit seven in amazing win
UEFA have been urged to investigate the astonishing chain of events that saw Lyon qualify for the Champions League last 16.
The French side won 7-1 at Dinamo Zagreb, while Ajax had two goals disallowed on the way to a 3-0 defeat by Real Madrid that saw the Dutch side dumped out of the competition.
Ajax boss Frank de Boer has joined calls for UEFA to establish whether their were any suspicious circumstances surrounding the result in Croatia.
Heading through: Bafetimbi Gomis(right) celebrates with Mouhamadou Dabo
Lyon were three points behind Ajax and needed a seven-goal swing to qualify, which was eventually attained with some ease.
Francestriker Bafetimbi Gomis scored a second-half hat-trick in seven minutes- the fastest in the competition’s history – against 10-man Dinamo, whohad little to play for after already being condemned to bottom place inthe group.
Suspicions wereraised when Lisandro Lopez hit Lyon’s fifth and TV cameras appeared to show Dinamo Zagreb’s Domagoj Vida winking and giving the thumbs up to Gomis as the striker tried to collect the ball from him.
Tale of two managers: Frank de Boer and Remie Garde
The commentator on Dutch TV noticed the incident, which was quickly dispersed on Twitter with claims of foul play.
To add to the misery, Ajax had goals disallowed for tight offside calls while at 0-0 and 1-0 down against Real Madrid, which would have changed the complexion of the game.
De Boer said afterwards: “If there was something unusual, UEFA should investigate what happened in Zagreb.
Heading out: Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Ajax
“My assistants have told me that the goals came quick and easy, because you can’t normally score these goals in half an hour.
‘Destiny was in our own own hands and we had chances to qualify because our game was very even. I will have to see video replays (of the disallowed goals).’
Respected Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has launched a poll asking whether UEFA should investigate, with more than 80 per cent saying yes.
The embarrassing defeat for Dinamo Zagreb saw the club sack manager Krunoslav Jurcic.
Club president Zdravko Mamic said: “I have to say with great sadness that this defeat has been very painful for us. It’s the worst defeat in Dinamo”s history.”