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Lebanon coach slams referee after Asian Cup defeat

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said his team were playing "against 12 or 13" as he slammed the referee in an extended rant after Asian Cup defeat by

Radulovic said Chinese referee had ruined Lebanon's chances by ruling out a first-half goal which would have put them 1-0 up against hosts.

eventually won the Group E game 2-0 after second-half goals from and Almoez Ali, leaving waiting for their first ever Asian Cup win.

"It's difficult to talk after such a game because I teach my team to play 11 against 11 players, but (this was) 11 against 12 or 13, meaning the referees," fumed the Montenegrin.

"When you play... perfect, tactically disciplined, you score 1-0 and they steal our goal, it's very difficult to continue after that," he added.

Ali Hamam's volley on 39 minutes was ruled out for a shove by Lebanon's George Felix Melki, a decision that enraged the animated Radulovic on the touchline.

finally got their breakthrough 20 minutes into the second half from a free-kick just outside the box which was given for Hassan Maatouk's

Radulovic claimed the officiating was "not 50-50", saying that Qatar committed "more than 20 fouls" but did not receive any yellow cards.

"We played textbook but we're a poor country, we don't have a budget like Qatar and you can't compare with them on this," Radulovic said.

"When they cancelled the goal, my players lost concentration, they lost confidence, they saw what happened and it was very difficult after that to continue with such a game," he added.

"They broke our morale and our confidence."

However, Qatar said he had no complaints about the officiating and that he agreed with the decision to disallow Lebanon's goal.

"I think the goal was a foul. I saw the replay on TV... and I agree with (the officials)," said the Spaniard.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 09:36 IST
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