Zinedine Zidane stated he’s “very angry” after a controversial VAR choice went in opposition to Real Madrid in a disappointing 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Sunday.
Real Madrid had levelled by way of Marco Asensio halfway
by way of the second half and thought they’d a penalty when Karim Benzema was
introduced down after rounding Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bono.
But VAR prompted referee Juan Martinez Munuera to examine an
Eder Militao handball a number of seconds earlier than, with an enormous choice seeing
Madrid’s penalty cancelled and a spot-kick awarded to Sevilla as a substitute.
Ivan Rakitic transformed and whereas Madrid nonetheless managed to hit
again in harm time, Toni Kroos’ shot deflecting in off Eden Hazard’s foot, the
draw palms the benefit again to Atletico on the finish of one other dramatic
weekend within the Spanish title race.
“They have to clarify the precise guidelines of the palms to
me,” stated Zidane afterwards. “But now now we have to consider the following
sport. It is less than us now, however we’ll battle to the top, to the demise.”
After Barcelona and Atletico performed out a goalless draw on
Saturday at Camp Nou, the second instalment of La Liga’s blockbuster weekend
additionally completed honours even, that means the scenario on the high is unchanged with
three video games now remaining.
Atletico are two factors away from each Real Madrid and Barcelona,
with the title very a lot again of their palms.
A Sevilla victory may need given them an outdoor likelihood
however as a substitute they continue to be six factors again and are certainly out of the operating.
“We’re disillusioned however we aren’t going to offer
up,” stated Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui. “We are going to attempt to maintain
this dream going a bit of longer.”
With a superior head-to-head document over Barcelona, Real
Madrid scraping a draw may additionally but show decisive, given they solely should
overtake one workforce now as a substitute of two.
“It’s a shame but we’re alive,” stated Luka Modric.
“We have seen that everybody is dropping factors so it’s important to have
Hazard needed to come off the Real bench after his
controversial response to the Champions League defeat by Chelsea and whereas the
equaliser was finally credited to him, there was hardly a way of
redemption given how little the Belgian knew about it.
Sevilla had 75 per cent of the ball within the first 10 minutes
but it surely felt like extra, with Madrid chasing shadows and incapable of escaping
their very own half.
They scored with their first assault, Benzema rising above Jules Kounde to go in, just for the aim to be chalked off, with Alvaro Odriozola offside within the build-up.
Madrid seemed jaded, the often dependable Modric responsible of
sloppy passes whereas Kroos and Casemiro struggled to have an effect on the sport.
Sevilla took the lead within the twenty second minute and it was
brilliantly labored, a brief free-kick down the precise bettering the angle earlier than
Rakitic’s cool header down gave Fernando Reges the possibility. He dummied previous the
diving Casemiro earlier than slotting in.
Madrid emerged early after half-time. Vinicius Junior poked
onto the surface of the put up after a intelligent quick nook earlier than Modric departed
for Asensio, who scored 65 seconds after approaching.
Sevilla’s Joan Jordan was caught in midfield and Benzema
sped away. Asensio seemed like he had overrun the ball but it surely was returned to
him by Kroos and he swept first time into the online.
Madrid had the momentum they usually thought they’d a penalty
earlier than the pendulum swung a technique after which the opposite in a matter of seconds.
Sevilla’s nook was cleared and Benzema was despatched by way of
one-on-one, rounding Bono and happening for what seemed an apparent spot-kick.
Instead, Martinez was prompted to take a look at the monitor, the place
he noticed Militao had dangled an arm onto the ball earlier than Sevilla’s nook was
Both benches made their emotions clear whereas the voices from
the stand in entrance of Martinez, most of them belonging to Madrid, insisted the
ball had struck Militao’s again.
But Martinez cancelled Madrid’s penalty and awarded one to
Sevilla as a substitute, with Rakitic stepping up and slotting into the nook.
Hazard got here on and the drama was not but completed. Kroos
ghosted ahead within the 94th minute and fired off a shot that deflected off the
Hazard’s foot and in.
Madrid nonetheless had two minutes to discover a winner they usually
virtually obtained it, Casemiro’s effort curling agonisingly huge.