The final group stage match between Bayern Munich and Ajax Amsterdam was, indeed, a nail-biter. The most discussed moment of the game has been Thomas Müller’s 75th minute karate kick on Nicolas Tagliafico’s head, which left the Argentine in dire need of stitches for the back of his head. Müller was assessed a red card and could face a two-match suspension.
Even though the foul seemed to be completely unintentional, it was clear that that the situation was serious from the second Müller’s boot hit Tagliafico’s head. The Ajax defender rolled in pain on the grass and had already started to bleed. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge looked as if he couldn’t believe what just happened.
There are several arguments about whether Müller deserved to be sent off for an unintentional foul. Some say that a yellow card would have sufficed, but according to Leon Goretzka, however, the referee did the right thing.
I saw the scene live. You only have to look at how the guy looked. It didn’t look good. He got stitches on the pitch. The way I saw it, it was a clear red card.
The pre-quarter draw will take place on December 17th and the first and second legs will be held between February 12th-20th and March 5th-13th respectively.