Real Madrid may have one foot in the Final Four of this season’s Champions League, but their 3-0 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday was not achieved without controversy.
Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen’s performance was erratic and seemed to favour the hosts from the fifth minute, when both Karim Benzema and Sami Khedira went in for high challenges and might have found themselves in the book.
Then, in the 77th minute, Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz should probably have earned a penalty when he was brought down in the Madrid box by Sergio Ramos, but instead of going to the spot, he was shown a yellow card for simulation.
There were other talking points as well, of course.
Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional for Madrid once again, getting the rout started after just nine minutes, and striker Karim Benzema continued an exceptional run of goalscoring in the Champions League.
These were just some of the things we learned from the first leg. The following slideshow will reveal some additional takeaways.