Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kosmina left raging over ref

Adelaide United boss John Kosmina was left furious by the performance of the officials as his side surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Bunyodkor in the first-leg of their AFC champions league quarter-final.

Punters betting on soccer has backed the A-League side to come away with the win and that looked likely after they stormed into a two-goal lead.

The game changed when referee Abdullah Mohamed Al Hilali deemed Nigel Boogaard’s tackle on Murzoev Kamoliddin worthy of a straight red card, with the visitors scoring from the resulting free-kick to further rub salt in the Adelaide wounds.

There was no denying that the Bunyodkor striker made the most of the situation, and further fuelled the host’s anger by escaping a possible sending off himself for a nasty foul on Reds captain Eugene Galekovic in the second half.

The Adelaide bench were unanimous in their belief that Boogaard had been harshly dealt with, lamenting the decision as being pivotal in changing the flow of a game the Aussies had dominated until that point, playing some sensational football to take a 2-0 lead before the sending off.

"I said (directly) after the match it (the red card) was 50-50 without the benefit of the replay. There was a bit of contact but it was minimal and their striker Murzoev Kamoliddin he made the most of it the situation which is what I guess what people do in those situations,” said an angry Kosmina.

“He was also coincidently the same guy that should have been sent off for what was a really nasty challenge on Eugene Galekovic.”

While the 10 men battled manfully through the second half, they were left exposed time and time again as the Uzbek team managed to grab an important equaliser to level the tie going into the return leg.

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