Mourinho admits 'best team lost' following Madrid's controversial CL win over Man U

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 06, 2013 05:49 hrs

London: Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has admitted the best team lost during their Champions League pre-quarterfinal win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday, adding his team didn't deserve to win but the game of football is like this.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson blew his top at the Turkish referee over a game-changing red card for Nani when his team was leading 1-0, and Madrid then scored twice in three minutes to reach the Champions League's quarter-finals, and to make matters worse Mourinho said it was the Red Devils who should have gone through.

Mourinho said independent of the decision, the best team lost, adding they didn't deserve to win but football is like this.

Mourinho added he is not speaking about the decision, as he is not sure about it.

United were leading through an own goal from Madrid captain Sergio Ramos just after the break and were in control until Nani was shown a straight red card in the 57th minute.

Nani caught Alvaro Arbeloa in the chest with his studs while trying to control a high ball, but the contact appeared accidental.

Ferguson was furious with referee Cuneyt Cakir and with United down to 10 men, and Madrid took full -advantage.

Substitute Luka Modric then equalised for Real with a stunning curling 20-yard strike in the 66th minute, and with United still reeling Ronaldo steered the ball in at the far post two minutes later.

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