"Impossible, absurd, and ridiculous!", many would have said if anyone dared to even mention what happened in yesterday's clashes in Group D as a prediction.
Who could've guessed that Ajax would lose at home to Madrid with a three-goal deficit, Lyon would thrash Zaghreb away in Croatia and overcome the goal difference (minus-6) that separated them from the Dutch side.
Ajax had two legitimate goals disallowed for what the referee claimed to be offside, and many of the club's supporters, along with manager Frank de Boer, have the right to demand that an investigation should take place in this matter.
This is what Frank de Boer had to say:
If there was something unusual, UEFA should investigate what happened in Zagreb. 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 hands and we had chances to qualify because our game was very even. I will have to see video replays (regarding the disallowed goals).
ARJEL, a regulatory authority for online games, is issuing checks on what happened since such type of matches fall into the "out of the ordinary" incidents.
The statement on their official website read:
Lyon have become aware of the checks being carried out this morning by ARJEL, which fit with the procedures of the agency responsible for the regulation of online gaming. The club agree totally that action should be taken when a result is considered atypical.
Lyon have been drawn to play, what are assumed to be the weakest of all group leaders, Cypriot side APOEL FC in the round of the last 16. The underdogs coming from Cyprus topped the group that contained the 2011 Europa league winners Porto, Zenit and last years quarter finalists Shakhtar.
Isn't it a bit ironic that not only did Lyon manage to qualify to the second round in miraculous conditions, but also drawed the easiest of group leaders?