UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona—Pepe Gone, Mourinho Goes Nuts
For the second time in three matches against Barcelona, Real Madrid were reduced to 10 men when winger Pepe was shown a straight red for a somewhat reckless challenge against Barcelona's Dani Alves.
Pepe appeared to be going for the ball but replays were unclear as to whether or not he kicked Alves in the knee on purpose or not—or if there was even much contact to begin with. Pepe will miss the return leg at the Camp Nou next week.
Alves was carried off the pitch in a stretcher and returned to the game less than a minute later.
The sendoff was enough to incense Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho. Mourinho berated the official and was also seen having words with Barcelona captain Carles Puyol. Mourinho was banned from the touchline by the referees. He was later seen on replays passing a note to one of his assistants from his seat.
Shortly after David Villa was denied by Iker Casillas and Pedro nearly capitalized on the rebound.
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