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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Fishel Watches Chelsea Get Robbed in Madrid

Mia Fishel’s Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says her side were "robbed" of victory by "embarrassing" refereeing in their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Women's Champions League.

Fishel was an unused substitute as Chelsea dominated their Group D opener but were undone by two controversial decisions - a late penalty call against them and a last-gasp winner ruled out for offside.

There is no video assistant referee in the Women's Champions League group stage, unlike the men's competition.

"I can't remember the last time we were in a game like that when two humongous decisions like that have gone against us," said Hayes. "That is a lot tonight."

In the 77th minute, shortly after Sam Kerr had given Chelsea a 2-1 lead, Real Madrid forward Athenea del Castillo was caught by Jessie Fleming and went down in the penalty area.

A spot-kick was awarded by Danish referee Frida Klarlund but replays showed the foul had actually occurred outside the box, with Del Castillo's momentum and a slick surface meaning the World Cup winner skidded into the area.

Olga Carmona buried the penalty with her second goal of the game to salvage a late point for Real Madrid.

After conceding the late leveler Chelsea pushed for an injury-time winner and thought they had taken all three points when defender Millie Bright curled in a brilliant cross for Niamh Charles, who volleyed home from close range.

But seconds after the ball hit the back of the net the assistant referee's flag was raised and the goal was ruled out for offside.

Frustratingly again for the visitors, replays showed the call was wrong - Charles had timed her run perfectly and was comfortably onside.
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