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Monday 5 December 2016

Mario Mandzukic: 'Carvajal didn't bite me'

The incident in the match where Dani Carvajal was accused of biting Mario Mandzukic
The incident in the match where Dani Carvajal was accused of biting Mario Mandzukic

Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic has denied claims that Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal bit him during Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final match.

Mandzukic and Carvajal were engaged in a physical battle throughout the goalless first leg of the quarter-final tie at the Vicente Calderon stadium.

After the contest, Carvajal was asked by the Spanish media if he had bitten Mandzukic after pictures showed Carvajal's mouth close to the forearm of Mandzukic. The Real player denied the claims.

Mandzukic has moved to play down the controversy, tweeting: "Yesterday's game was very tough and the two teams gave everything.

"But for me there is no controversy, no bite, no nothing.

"We are already thinking about Saturday's game against Deportivo, which is really important."

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The encounter was a heated affair, especially for Mandzukic, who suffered a cut on his eye after a clash with Real's Sergio Ramos.

Atletico travel to Galicia to face Deportivo this weekend in La Liga before taking on Champions League holders Real at the Santiago Bernabeu in the return leg next Wednesday.

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