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Almeria players, manager furious after 3-2 loss to Real Madrid: “We were robbed”



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Tempers flared in the Almeria camp as Real Madrid mounted a spirited fightback to beat them 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier today.

Sitting at the bottom of the table, Gaizka Garitano’s men looked set to register their first win of the season after taking a two-goal lead in the first period.

But, Real Madrid fought back hard in the second half, with goals from Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr., and Dani Carvajal handing them all the points.

Almeria were unhappy with three key decisions made by the referee and the VAR on the day, the first of which saw Real Madrid being awarded a penalty before they had a goal chalked off for a foul and then Vinicius’ goal was allowed to stand amid complaints of a handball.

Manager Garitano was shown a red card for his protests on the sideline while several players, on the field and the bench, constantly expressed their displeasure. Their interactions with the media after the game again highlighted their anger at how things went down.

Garitano furious

While Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti felt that the referee made the right decisions, his Almeria counterpart, Gaizka Garitano, did not see things the same way.

“I don’t usually talk about referees but everyone has seen this game and it’s not the first time this has happened to me here. Then we get penalised for talking, my opinion is worthless. What can I say. I have no words to describe what happened today,” he said.

On his sending off, he added: “The referee sent me off fairly. I was protesting quite a lot during the whole match. It’s true that I protested quite a few decisions and he decided to send me off. I protested a lot of decisions, logically; I couldn’t do anything else.”

Almeria players are furious with the referee. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Molero, Pubill hit out

Speaking after the match, Almeria’s Gonzalo Melero hit out at the refereeing saying that they felt robbed with the outcome.

“We are leaving with the feeling that we were robbed,” he said, before adding: “I don’t think we could have done more from the off to put them in the game. There’s no way to accept it. What happened today was beyond all limits.”

“It hurts me a lot, but La Liga is light years away from the Premier League,” he added.

Meanwhile, Marc Pubill said: “Someone decided we couldn’t win here.”

Edgar Gonzalez, who was one of Almeria’s goalscorers, said: “There are many differences, this is a competition that should be fair for everyone and sometimes it’s hard to see that.

“The first is a very clear foul and I think it was a handball in the second goal, I haven’t seen the goal that was disallowed against us. It’s a sum of everything, of seeing that they were all going for them.”

Source: MARCA

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‘It’s a beautiful thing’ – Real Madrid megastar raring to play his sixth UCL final



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Real Madrid’s most crucial endeavour of the season edges closer as they gear up to take Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

Emotions are sure to be running high not only because of the monumental occasion; but also because a certain Toni Kroos will be playing his final game in the royal white jersey.

The German will be parting ways after enjoying 10 trophy-filled seasons and will aim to add another to his illustrious cabinet before he travels to Germany for the Euros in what will officially be his last rodeo in professional football.

Now, speaking in the build-up to the grand showdown with Borussia, Kroos has given his two cents on the team’s preparation and the morale inside the locker room.

On the upcoming Champions League final

Kroos acknowledged it felt incredible to play his sixth final for the Merengues, but claimed none of this success would have been possible without the efforts of a cohesive team.

“My sixth final? It’s a beautiful thing. I was lucky to play for a team that was able to achieve these successes.

“I am part of this, but I do not like to be alone, there is always the team. Without a team, it is impossible to do this,” Kroos remarked during an interview with RMTV.

Additionally, the German midfielder argued that Real Madrid were in high spirits today and they have the potential to surprise people.

“Today I saw everyone enjoying and looking forward to. The final is on Saturday. There is a competitor that may surprise some people.”

Kroos will play his last game for Real Madrid on Saturday. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Kroos is eager to close his Real Madrid career on a high and claims this will be his last effort before riding off into the sunset.

“This will be my last effort for Real Madrid. Hala Madrid,” he exclaimed.

On his farewell game

Kroos played his final game at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis recently, and his emotional substitution in the 86th minute marked a poignant farewell.

As Kroos came off the pitch, he confessed that seeing his daughter cry was a difficult pill to swallow and he will carry these special moments till the very end.

“I tried not to cry on Saturday but when I saw my daughter cry it changed. It was very difficult for me. I will never forget these moments. I will remember forever, my children and my wife too,” he said.

The 34-year-old also mentioned that whenever he feels like experiencing a tear-jerker, he will take a trip down memory lane by looking at the farewell pictures.

“Saturday was the night of a lifetime. If one day at home I want to cry, I will look at the farewell pictures.”

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