Real blast VAR for not flagging penalty in 2-0 loss

Lynette Rowe
January 9, 2019

Madrid fell to a limp 2-0 defeat 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday, and were denied a penalty in the second half while they still trailed by a single goal.

Here are five talking points from the weekend's action.

Solari was left frustrated by VAR after the technology was not used to award Vinicius Jr a penalty during his side's defeat to La Real, which left Madrid fifth in the table and 10 points behind leaders Barcelona. It was an attempt to bat away crisis headlines, but it did not work.

Los Blancos now sit 10 points behind Barcelona, and with the gap only getting bigger by the week, many are doubting whether Solari will remain as manager of Real Madrid for the foreseeable future.

This was their first victory at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2004 and then, Madrid fired coach Carlos Queiroz a day later.

Los Blancos midfielder Luka Modric revealed that he had been told by Melero Lopez, the referee in charge of VAR, that it was not a penalty, while Munuera Montero, the referee on the pitch, claimed not to have seen it.

"The coach is doing good work, but he can not score goals nor stop what is happening at the start of games", Modric said.

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A year on from signing for Barcelona from Liverpool in a €160 million (RM755.2 million) deal, Philippe Coutinho did not imagine he would be relegated to the bench.

Vinicius was making his first league start.

Coincidentally, they will face Leganes again in the Spanish tournament, and the distance from Valverde's team is ten points.

A stalemate at the end of 90 minutes is priced at odds of (5.60).

Alaves moved fourth, ahead of Real Madrid, with a 2-1 win over Valencia at Mendizorroza on Saturday but visiting coach Marcelino was furious about the pitch.

"The referee doesn't have to be flawless, VAR was introduced for moments like this and it wasn't consulted, so why do we have it?" We must take more responsibility.

"He has hope, but we are out there on the field and we have to do better to have more concentration". Apart from the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, there were a bunch of players who were key parts of those successful years, such as Morata, James Rodriguez, Pepe or Kovacic, and another year of European glory it looks harder than ever.

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