Tigres UANL head coach Ricardo Ferretti has heaped praise on Djimi Traore for his part in Seattle Soundersâ€™ CONCACAF Champions League win on Tuesday.
The Sounders defeated Tigres 3-1 in the quarter-final second leg to advance 3-2 on aggregate with former Liverpool defender Traore producing a special goal to give Seattle a 2-1 lead in the 60th minute.
As well as his positive words regarding Traoreâ€™s goal, Ferretti was very critical of the referee who sent Manuel Viniegra from the pitch just before half-time and allowed play to go ahead of Seattleâ€™s third goal scored by Eddie Johnson with 15 minutes left.
â€śThere were three factors that caused us to no longer be in the CONCACAF,â€ť he said. â€śThe first one was the red card obviously. But it was deserved because it was the second molestation â€“ it was a real foul there.
â€śThe second was two very good goals, especially the second one (Traoreâ€™s goal). I even applauded because it was very impressive.
â€śThe third reason was how bad the referee was. He allowed the opposing team to be too aggressive against us. He let go many of those fouls that shouldâ€™ve been punished. I donâ€™t want to take away anything from Seattleâ€™s victory. They didnâ€™t need this kind of help, but playing against 12 is harder than usual.â€ť