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Thomas Müller was sent-off for Bayern Munich after a sickening karate kick to the head of Nicolas Tagliafico. The German forward was sent for an early bath with 15 minutes to play in Bayern Munich’s 3-3 thriller against Ajax – where both sides were reduced to ten men.
Muller caught Nicolas Tagliafico square in the face with his studs with the score level at 1-1 – with the Argentine requiring staples in his head to stem the bleeding. Ajax had already been reduced to ten men after Maximilian Wober was given his marching orders for serious foul play.
The drama wasn’t to end there however with Ajax getting a penalty seven minutes later when Jerome Boateng took down Kasper Dolberg in the box. Hakim Ziyech dispatched the spot kick, but Bayern hit back, levelling things up from the spot after Tagliafico took down Thiago in the box.
Kinglsey Coman then popped up with what everyone thought would end up being the winner, curling into the bottom corner in the 90th minute. But it wasn’t to be as a goalmouth scramble minutes saw Niklas Sule turn the ball into his own net to leave the final score 3-3.
Just after the game, Muller asked for forgiveness from Argentine defender Tagliafico after the brutal foul on him. “Through this medium I want to apologise to Nico Tagliafico for what happened last night. It was not intentional. Get well soon”, wrote Muller on Twitter.
It was Muller’s first red card since he started his career in 2009. Ajax finished up second in the Champions League group with 11 points to Bayern’s 13 – but both progress to the last-16 on the back of a thrilling encounter.