Fiorentina bemoan offside goal as Bayern sneak through

Coach Cesare Prandelli said he was bitter that an offside goal in the first leg of Fiorentina's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich had ultimately cost his side a place in the quarter-finals. The Serie A side went out on away goals despite winning the second leg 3-2 after Miroslav Klose's late goal that should have been disallowed gave the German side a 2-1 advantage in the away match. "We are talking about being knocked out by a goal that was offside by two metres," Prandelli told a news conference. "I'm bitter."

He was proud of the way his men had acquitted themselves in European club football's premier competition this season, after they beat Liverpool twice on the way to winning five out of six of their group stage games. "Given the spirit we have taken on the big teams with, we go out with our heads held high," he said. "When a team loses in this way you must feel proud of what you've done and what you're doing. Winning six games out of eight is not something everyone can do.

"The lads worked and interpreted the game as we had prepared, so my work was more than satisfying." Fiorentina have also been hit by injuries and the loss of Romania striker Adrian Mutu, who has been given a precautionary suspension after failing drugs tests in January. The resulting slide in form has dragged Fiorentina down to the middle of the Serie A standings, and they are unlikely to return to the Champions League next term.

"We've had emergency after emergency," Prandelli said. Bayern coach Louis van Gaal said he sympathised with the Serie A side. "I can understand it is hard for Fiorentina to accept being knocked out in this way. The offside goal was decisive," he said. "It wasn't an easy match. But we played with the ball on the ground when we could in the second half and that saved us. We scored two good goals." *Reuters


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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.


2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.


3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 


4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.


5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE


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