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Referee shows Luka Modric yellow card for pacing out ten yards at free-kick

The Real Madrid playmaker was cautioned for suggesting his side's wall were placed too far away from the set piece

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid was undoubtedly the Champions League tie of the night.

The Bundesliga side have been dominate in the league this season, scoring 19 goals and conceding just one on their way to 16 points from a possible 18.

Real Madrid have been below par domestically but they are still the highest ranked club in the world right now and always produce their best in Europe.

Of course this man was at the heart of the action

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Of course this man was at the heart of the action

The contest did not disappoint.

Superstars Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo (2) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were all on the scoresheet as Zinedine Zidane’s side impressed with a potentially group-defining 3-1 win in Germany.

The French manager will be happy with his evening’s work although he may ask questions of the referee for his decision to book Luka Modric.

Controversial

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Controversial

The Croatian midfielder was cautioned for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ after he pointed out that the Real Madrid wall was positioned too far away from a free-kick.

The visiting wall did appear to be placed more like 12 yards away from dead ball and when Modric paced out ten yards of his own to highlight his point, he was shown a yellow…

Harsh.

Obviously it’s not Modric’s job to officiate the game but a yellow card seems like an overreaction.

Especially considering the fact the referee was wrong in his positioning of Madrid’s wall.

The three points is what really matters but if that card ends up contributing to a suspension then Madrid will have the right to feel aggrieved.

And people say UEFA favour Madrid…