This Sunday, Athletic Bilbao hosted La Liga leaders Real Madrid at San Mames Stadium. This was a game for the 34th La Liga Matchday and ended up with a 1-0 away win of Real Madrid. Captain Sergio Ramos scored yet another winner through yet another penalty given after VAR controversy.
On the contrary of everyone was expecting prior to the match, Real Madrid suffered facing a well-posted Bilbao side.
Thibaut Courtois was, once again, a key player on the pitch, and had to pull out some important saves to keep a clean sheet for Los Blancos at the San Mames.
Real Madrid’s winner came by the 75-minute mark, with a controversial VAR call for a penalty on Brazilian left-back Marcelo. The referee let the ball keep rolling at first, but was advised by VAR officials to review the play involving the Brazilian defender, as Real Madrid was given a pen.
Captain Ramos was the taker, and converted from the spot through a low strike at the corner.
Moments later, Ramos was once again involved in more controversy. In an off-the-ball play, Ramos stamp on Bilbao star Raul Garcia inside the box. According to the International Football Association rules, the penalty should have been awarded in this kind of play, but due to a mistranslation of the rules from English to Spanish led VAR officials to turn a blind eye on that, benefiting both Ramos and Real Madrid.
That’s hard to take for Bilbao, and also Barcelona. It’s undeniable that Real Madrid was indeed favored against Bilbao.
Following the 1-0 home defeat, Gaizka Garitano’s team remains in 8th place on the table. So far, they have reached 48 points. Real Madrid reached 77 points and could keep the four-point lead off Barcelona.