UEFA Champions League Final 2011: Manchester United Denied Possible Penalty After David Villa Handball

Oooh, that will be controversial. Ryan Giggs tries to break into the Barcelona box from the left side and dinks the ball straight into David Villa's arm, which was not in line with his body. He immediately appeals for handball and a penalty, but sees his protests waves off by Viktor Kassai. I'm not sure about that one - it could pretty easily have been given but clearly wasn't intentional (and I don't have time to go into the intricacies of the handball rule).

Anyway, a clearly frustrated Antonio Valencia brings down Lionel Messi in response and finally ends up in the referee's book. That yellow card is well-deserved. There's barely any time left for a miracle comeback from United now - 3-1 in the 82nd minute. Does Sir Alex Ferguson have any more tricks up his sleeve?

For news, opinion, and feature articles leading up to the UEFA Champions League final, bookmark this StoryStream and check it often. We’ll have new posts right here throughout the week, during the game, and after the game. For more on the entire world of football, check out SB Nation Soccer. Manchester United fans should head over to The Busby Babe, while Barcelona fans should check out Barca Blaugranes.

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