Civitas Metropolitano bore witness to a heated derby on Sunday night in which Real Madrid emerged triumphant over ten-man Atletico Madrid, courtesy of first-half goals from Rodrygo Goes and Federico Valverde.
While the Merengues seemed to be cruising towards an easy win, a late goal from substitute Mario Hermoso threw the cat among the pigeons, sparking a possibility of a comeback from the home team.
However, having become the hero for his team, the Spanish defender soon turned villain minutes later as he was shown a yellow card for brawling with Dani Carvajal, before receiving a second booking for a push on Dani Ceballos, leading to his sending off.
However, MARCA is now reporting that Atletico Madrid are planning to appeal against the second yellow card shown by referee Munuera Montero, as they believe it was an unfair decision.
Los Rojiblancos are willing to concede that Hermoso’s first booking was valid after he got into a fight with Carvajal. However, they believe that the second yellow card was unwarranted as the centre-back did not touch Ceballos with enough force to send him to the ground.
The legal team of the Spanish capital club plan to submit the video of the incident as evidence to prove that the alleged push did not deserve a booking.
There is confidence within the club that the decision will be overturned following the appeal, which would ensure that Atletico will be able to call upon Hermoso when they face top-four rivals Sevilla after the international break.
The loss on Sunday was Atletico’s second of the La Liga campaign and leaves them in seventh place on the table, already eight points shy of their neighbours, who sit atop the standings.
Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”
Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid once again showed the European Champions’ ability to fight back even from the deepest of troughs and come back on top. The men in white were a goal down with 15 minutes to spare but forced extra time and managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
However, the game was not without its own share of controversy. One of the biggest moments came in the 71st minute when Dani Ceballos avoided a red card that would have changed the course of the game. Ironically, Atletico Madrid had Stefan Savic sent off in extra time to help Real Madrid progress.
To give context Ceballos was already on a yellow card for making an unnecessary challenge in the 69th minute of the game. Two minutes later, he appeared to have caught Thomas Lemar near the knee.
Atletico Madrid thus demanded that he get a second yellow and receive his marching orders. Given that the Rojiblancos were already up a goal, it could have changed the course of the game. But the referee did not show a second yellow to the Real Madrid midfielder.
Los Rojiblancos are far from happy with the refereeing at Santiago Bernabeu and have released an official statement via their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, regarding their displeasure. The statement is as follows:
“With 0-1, in the 71st minute, playing the place for the Copa semifinals in their own stadium, leaving Real Madrid with 10 players is big words.
“Real Madrid is a club with a very strong environment, with many interests around it. They create such pressure that it’s normal to affect the people who must make decisions. They [referees] are aware of what awaits them if they made a mistake.”
Clearly, the accusation from Diego Simeone’s side goes far beyond the events of the derby and makes a contentious general statement about Real Madrid’s influence on matches.