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Argentine winger is pleased with his display against the Croatian giants but is miffed at the officials for denying Ronaldo a penalty and sending off Marcelo

Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria has criticised Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen for his decisions during their 1-0 away victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

The Argentina international’s goal after 53 minutes proved to be the difference between the two teams at Stadion Maksimir in a Group D clash.

However, Di Maria was not happy with some of the refereeing decisions, underlining that Cristiano Ronaldo finished the game with a bloody ankle that needed stitches in the dressing room and that Marcelo was unfairly sent off on 73 minutes.

"The referee didn't do a good job,” said the 23-year-old immediately after the match, according to Madrid’s official website. “The challenge on Cristiano deserved a booking and Dinamo could have ended the match with 10 men.

“The referee didn't think the challenge deserved a booking, but the fact is Cristiano is receiving stitches right now.

“Marcelo was sent off for nothing. His challenges were very fast and it's a bit odd to show two bookings in such a short time.  

“I think the referee made a mistake. It's always unpleasant to be sent off, so we gave Marcelo all our support in the dressing room.”

The former Benfica star, though, was delighted that despite all this Madrid eventually carved out a win in Croatia.

"I'm very happy with my goal and with our victory at a complicated ground,” enthused Di Maria.

“It looks like it’s complicated to win away matches in the Champions League this season and we took three essential points. It was important to win and we did. I'm very happy."

"I scored a beautiful goal thanks to Marcelo's pass,” he said when asked about is goal. “I'm very happy because I'm doing a good job. I work to improve every day."

The other Group D match was played out in Amsterdam also on Wednesday between Ajax and Olympique Lyonnais, and it finished in a goalless draw.