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Lahm bids 'bitter farewell' to Champions League

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm described Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Real Madrid as a "bitter farewell" to the competition.

The holders secured a 4-2 win after extra-time at Santiago Bernabeu to seal a 6-3 aggregate triumph and a place in the semi-finals.

Bayern were on the wrong end of three controversial refereeing decisions, with Arturo Vidal given a second yellow card for what appeared to be a fair challenge, before Cristiano Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with two goals from offside positions in extra-time.

Lahm, who will retire at the end of the season, praised his team-mates for their fighting spirit, but conceded that it was a difficult way to play his last game in the competition.

"Despite a strong performance, it was not enough to continue to the semi-finals," he wrote on Instagram. "It is a bitter farewell from the Champions League — especially for me personally, after so many years.

"However, the attitude of the team and their strength to fight against problems, shows big potential — @FCBayern will be back!"

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge accused the officials of "killing" the Germans' hopes during a hugely entertaining match.

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"It was an extremely emotional spectacle. You can only compliment both teams. It was great football," he said.

"Unfortunately it was determined by the referee, at our expense.

"It wasn't even a foul by Vidal, but of course Vidal was already at risk. This weakened us, of course, as it did in the first leg when [Javi] Martinez was sent off.

"It killed us. That must be said very clearly. Arturo gets to the ball in front of the Madrid player. It was not a foul. That's why it shouldn't be a yellow-red card.

"If you play against a team like Real with 10, it becomes difficult. The whole team fought well. Then we were in extra-time and suddenly it's 4-2 thanks to the most curious decisions from the officials."

Trotz eines starken Auftritts hat es nicht für das Weiterkommen gereicht. Es ist natürlich ein bitterer Abschied aus der Champions League - auch für mich persönlich nach so vielen Jahren. Der Charakter der Mannschaft, sich gegen alle Unwägbarkeiten zu stellen, zeigt aber das große Potential - der @FCBayern wird wiederkommen! #MiaSanMia Despite a strong performance, it was not enough to continue to the semi finals. It is a bitter farewell from the Champions League - especially for me personally, after so many years. However, the attitude of the team and their strength to fight against problems, shows big potential - @FCBayern will be back! #MiaSanMia

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Source: Goal.com

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