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Ibra cracks, Ancelotti defends PSG star
February 12th, 2013 11:07PM

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TAGS:  france, spain, sweden, uefa champions league

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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the great enigmas of international soccer. His Jekyll-and-Hyde behavior was evident in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match as he was sent off in stoppage time of Paris St. Germain's 2-1 win at Valencia for a wild lunge at Mexican defender Andres Guardado that earned him a red card. He received the backing of PSG's Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, who said the red card that will keep Ibra out of the second leg wasn't justified.

PSG was cruising along with a performance that justified its status as the tournament's darkhorse. Javier Pastore set up fellow Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 10th minute and added a second goal himself two minutes before halftime.

Valencia reduced the deficit when French center back Adil Rami volleyed home in the 90th minute.

Ibrahimovic was then issued a straight red card in the second minute of stoppage time when he lashed at Guardado after losing control of the ball.

The Swede has 21 league goals for PSG, the runaway Ligue 1 leader, but he has a reputation for letting his temper get the best of him. Still, Ancelotti came to Ibra's defense.

"Ibrahimovic's red card was not deserved. I don't understand it. It's unfair," Ancelotti told Canal+. "We conceded a goal and Ibrahimovic got a red card, and I don't think that he deserved it because it was a normal tackle. And so, because of this, we are really disappointed because the play was really good, we played really well, focused on the game, and for this we have to be happy but the end of the game was not good for us. I think it was a normal tackle, nothing special, I was surprised to see a red card."

In Tuesday's other Champions League match, Juventus won, 3-0, over Celtic in Glasgow.




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  1. Ramon Creager
    commented on: February 13, 2013 at 10:13 a.m.
    It looked normal from the main camera angle that's used to show the game, and indeed as I watched I was a bit surprised that he was being sent off. But from a camera angle that shows what the AR would have seen, it was clear that he stomped on Guardado's foot. So I'm not surprised Ancelotti thinks what he thinks; his vantage point was not that of the AR.


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