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Pep Guardiola watched Manchester City crash out of the Champions League from the stands after arguing with the match official in Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool.

The City manager was sent off after coming on to the pitch at half-time and issuing a few choice words to Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.

City scored an early goal to cut Liverpool’s aggregate lead to 3-1, only to have Mateu Lahoz wave away two penalty shouts, while another goal was ruled out for offside. 

Guardiola has a history with Mateu Lahoz, who last year worked City’s 5-3 first-leg win over Monaco in the Champions League last-16.

Pep Guardiola was sent off.

“I remember what happened last year,” Guardiola said before Mateu Lahoz’s appointment was confirmed. “We were 1-1 at home against Monaco when there was a clear penalty to [Sergio] Aguero and a red card that a Spanish referee did not whistle for.

“We went from a possible 2-1 to 1-2. These types of situations are really important.”

Mateu Lahoz also issued five yellow cards in the first half — two to City’s Ederson and Bernardo Silva and three to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino.

Silva was booked for his reaction while appealing for a penalty when James Milner blocked his shot with his arm, and City players also wanted a spot kick when Raheem Sterling went down under a challenge from Andrew Robertson.

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