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La Liga: Atletico Madrid fume over red card

According to coach Diego Simeone, Angel Correa’s action was not harsh enough to merit a red card

AP/PTI Madrid Published 27.02.23, 05:48 AM
Jose Gimenez (top right) beats Alvaro Rodriguez (left) of Real Madrid in the air to put Atletico Madrid ahead at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Jose Gimenez (top right) beats Alvaro Rodriguez (left) of Real Madrid in the air to put Atletico Madrid ahead at the Bernabeu on Saturday. AP/PTI

There was more of the same in the latest Madrid Derby at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Again, Real Madrid avoided defeat.

Again, Atletico Madrid complained about the refereeing.

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Madrid scored late to draw 1-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday, and extend their unbeaten streak against the city rivals at home to seven years.

Atletico played with 10 men from the 64th minute after forward Angel Correa was shown a disputed red card for elbowing Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger.

“Nothing new at the Bernabeu,” Atletico tweeted after the match. It also complained about the officiating after a Copa del Rey loss at the Bernabeu last month.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone said Correa’s action was not harsh enough to merit a red card.

“There was contact but it was not a strike,” Simeone said. “Rudiger immediately got up. Maybe it was a yellow, but it was not enough to take a player out of the game. There wouldn’t be any players left if they always called that. This keeps happening all the time against us, it has become normal. It would be nice to be able to compete under the same conditions. Every time we come here, the calls go against us.”

Atletico also posted on Twitter a photo of a bloody leg of whom it called “our aggressor” during the match. “Still nothing new at the Bernabeu,” it added.

“Five Derbies in a row with a red card,” Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak said. “Maybe the next one we start with 10 men.”

Teenage Madrid striker Alvaro Rodríguez scored in the 85th minute after Atletico opened through José María Giménez in the 78th and was poised to end its winless drought at the Bernabéu dating to 2016.

Ronaldo nets treble again

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) of Al Nassr celebrates after scoring one of his three goals on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) of Al Nassr celebrates after scoring one of his three goals on Saturday. Twitter

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr captain Cristiano Ronaldo got his second hat-trick in three games on Saturday.

The 38-year-old’s feat enabled Al Nassr beat Damac 3-0 at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium in Abha. It also ensured that Al Nassr stay on top of the points table in the Saudi Pro League.

They have 43 points from 18 matches, while second-placed Al Ittihad have 41 points. Ronaldo scored the hattrick in the first half itself. The first came in the 18th minute when VAR awarded a penalty to Al Nassr.

Ronaldo made no mistake as the rival goalkeeper dived the wrong way. Ronaldo made it 2-0 with a left-footer five minutes later. The third came a minute before halftime.

Written with inputs from Reuters

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