Real Madrid had the obligation to go to Balaídos and get the three points to avoid a negative atmosphere in the final part of La Liga. They complied, by beating Celta de Vigo 1-2. They also did it with three penalties, now debated and discussed throughout Spain.
The first controversy happened at minute 16′, with the penalty that referee Pablo González de Nolito pointed out over Eder Militao. Two minutes later Karim Benzema converted it into a goal.
The next infraction inside the area came at minute 63 when Luka Modric sent a heel to Rodrygo and the latter fell after a foul by Colombian Jeison Murillo. Only this time, Benzema ran into the goalkeeper Dituro, who contained the shot and managed to keep the score 1-1.
The controversy did not stop there because at 67′ came the third penalty indicated by the main referee. A defender had contact with Ferlan Mendy inside the area and it was enough to convince him and blow his whistle.
However, the French side seems to seek contact with an unnatural movement. So much so that Iago Aspas and Eduardo Coudet declared that, of all, the most scandalous was the third.
“The first two are penalties and in the third Mendy runs over our player” Aspas declared at the end of the game. “The referee only needed to call another penalty to shoot it himself (…) If it hadn’t been a hat-trick by Benzema, which seemed to be what he wanted and what he was looking for”, he added.
“You have to talk about it carefully so as not to be sanctioned… The first is doubtful and in the third there is nothing” said ‘Chacho’ Coudet, coach of the Celtic team.
Another debatable action was the invasion of the area by the Celta defense in the second penalty that Karim Benzema executed and missed. In the repetition it was seen that they crossed the white line and the execution was not repeated.
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