Thomas Tuchel, Harry Kane blast referee as Bayern are denied clear-cut penalty against Arsenal

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Thomas Tuchel and Harry Kane were both left aggrieved after Bayern Munich were denied what they felt was a stonewall penalty against Arsenal on Tuesday.

The UEFA Champions League quarterfinals began with a bang on Tuesday evening, as Bayern Munich and Arsenal played out an enthralling 2-2 draw at the Emirates stadium. After falling behind through Bukayo Saka's early opener, Bayern responded brilliantly and turned the game around thanks to goals from Serge Gnabry and Harry Kane. But Leandro Trossard rescued a draw for Arsenal to leave the tie hanging in the balance ahead of next week's second leg in Munich.

Just ten minutes before Trossard's equaliser, Bayern were denied what appeared to be a clear penalty. Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya took a short goal kick, only for Gabriel to pick up the ball with his hands inside the box in order to take the kick again, not realising that the ball was already in play.

Thomas Tuchel hit out at the referee after the game, and said that his explanation for not awarding Bayern a penalty was that it was a kid's mistake. "It was a crystal clear penalty. He told our players that it’s a kid’s mistake and he will not give a penalty like this in a Champions League quarterfinal. That's a whole new way of interpreting the rules. It's simply unbelievable and brazen. We feel angry because it's a huge decision against us," Tuchel told Sky Sport Austria.

Harry Kane also said that Bayern Munich should have been given a penalty. "It was a clear-cut penalty. The referee blows his whistle, the goalkeeper passes to Gabriel and he just picks the ball up. That's crazy. It's a silly kid's mistake, but it's the clearest penalty I've ever seen," Kane told Prime Video.