After a 3-1 victory at Santiago Bernabeu in the season’s first Clasico, Real Madrid went three points ahead of rivals Barcelona in the standings. Rodrygo’s penalty in the 91st minute secured the victory for Los Blancos in contentious circumstances, as referee Sanchez Martinez was instructed to examine the pitch-side monitor before delivering the penalty. Robert Lewandowski’s earlier penalty appeal against Dani Carvajal was ignored.
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The president of Barça, Laporta, was dissatisfied with the performance of the referees and confronted them right after the game. The referee’s match report described the Barca president entering their locker room and “repeatedly requesting explanations about certain match situations.” Laporta was thereafter “invited to leave without incident.”
The Barca boss did not comment on the officials this time around, though, as he instead pointed to missed chances in the Madrid loss. “Sometimes you find yourselves on a bad run, but luckily it’s just three points,” he told a press conference. “We tried, we showed faith. It was a good chance to stay top of La Liga, it just was not to be.