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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

De Boer irate at 'ridiculous' penalty

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has lashed out at the officials after his side were denied a Champions League over AC Milan thanks to Mario Balotelli's controversial injury time penalty.

Balotelli was awarded after spot kick late in the match, despite the Italian appearing to have dragged Mike van der Hoorn down in the box.

But referee Jonas Eriksson awarded the foul in the Rossoneri's, which was converted by Balotelli.

"It was ridiculous that a penalty was given against us. It cost us two points," De Boer said. "There are always moments of contact. It is the right time to let go. Van der Hoorn left him at the right moment.

"Eventually, I can live with a draw, even if the penalty is disappointing. The result leaves a very sour taste. It was great when we scored and thought we would win, but then for me and for the team we still cannot believe they equalised."

Van der Hoom was equally furious, adding: "The result leaves a very sour taste. It was great when we scored and thought we would win, but then for me and for the team we still cannot believe they equalised."

Despite the dose of fortune, Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his side deserved to beat Ajax.

The Serie A side sit second in Group H ahead of a back-to-back tie against Barcelona.

"We tried to slow the game down and we defended well in the first 45 minutes," he said. "In the second half, Ajax could not keep the same level of performance. We started to play better and we should have won the game. Unfortunately we conceded a cheap goal on a corner and now we must feel satisfied with the draw.

"Balotelli played well. He went close when he hit the bar with a great shot. He is a very important player for us."

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