Chelsea boss Emma Hayes was left fuming after her side were “robbed” of victory over Real Madrid following two controversial decisions on Wednesday.
The Blues dominated the tie, but had to settle for a 2-2 draw in the Group D opener of the Uefa Women’s Champions League after Real were awarded a penalty and a late winner was ruled out for offside.
Jessie Fleming was judged to have committed a foul inside the area in the 77th minute, but replays showed the challenge occurred outside the box. World Cup winner Olga Carmona converted from the spot.
Chelsea thought they had won the contest when Niamh Charles volleyed home a cross from Millie Bright in injury time, but the goal was ruled offside. However, replays once again showed that the incorrect call was made, as Charles was very much onside when the ball was played.
“I can’t remember the last time we were in a game like that when two humongous decisions like that have gone against us,” Hayes said after the final whistle. “That is a lot tonight.
“I could see from the bench that the tackle was outside the box. I’m absolutely shocked that those managing the game couldn’t see that.
“Of course, maybe Jessie shouldn’t lunge in that area, but it happens clearly outside the box. At this level, when you are in control of a game and important decisions like that go against you, it makes it difficult.”
Hayes continued: “We score a really legitimate goal. It is embarrassing.
“I had to check why it was disallowed. Was it Niamh [Charles]? No. Was it Sam [Kerr] interfering with the goalkeeper? She was about seven yards away, nowhere near the keeper. I think we’ve been robbed of what was a 3-1 game.”