Both teams got dramatic wins yesterday. First, Real Madrid entered the field. After trailing 2-0 in the first half, Madrid scored in the 99th minute to win 3-2. Later, Barcelona were also in danger of dropping points.
Barcelona went two goals ahead but Real Betis came back to equalize. Later, Ferran Torres completed his hat-trick in the last minute and also ensured the victory of the team. Barcelona left the field 4-2 with another goal in added time.
This time, Madrid could not return with a victory from Betis’ field or Girona, who rose to the top last night. With this victory, Barcelona has risen to third place in the league without any calculation. But coach Xavi Hernandez is more busy with Madrid’s victory than his own. His claim is that the referees have stepped up to help Madrid win the league.
Madrid get a penalty early in the second half against Almeria. That too after VAR intervention. Angry Almeria coach saw a red card later. However, Gaiska Garitano has no hesitation in complaining about the refereeing, ‘not that this is the first time something like this has happened to me here.’
After a while, Shavi sympathized with him, ‘I said it will be very difficult to win the league this year. Many may not remember, could have got six more points in this championship. Remember the penalty at the Coliseum, think of the penalty against Rafinha, Joao Felix’s goal at Granada… these are not excuses at all, they are real. In the 95th minute there are always crosses… We can’t control these things, everyone saw that today.’
Almeria player Gonzalo Mel was also furious with the refereeing, saying, ‘It’s a reward. They couldn’t have done more to get Madrid back into the match. ‘
And Madrid? Carlo Ancelotti believes all the decisions were correct, ‘I understand Almeria’s anger at the decision, but I think they were all correct. I saw them all later. I think the referee made the right decision. VAR is not making decisions. VAR advises, referee decides. I think he is right.’