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Joao Felix asked Yannick Carrasco to take the last-minute penalty against Leverkusen

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Atletico Madrid’s heartbreaking exit from the UEFA Champions League saw a flabbergasting script no one saw coming.

Moussa Diaby’s opener was cancelled out within 15 minutes by Yannick Carrasco before Callum Hudson-Odoi gave the Germans the lead again. However, Rodrigo de Paul’s strike early in the second half brought Los Rojiblancos back to parity.

The scenario heading into the game was clear. A win for Diego Simeone’s side would keep them alive in the race for the knockouts, but any other result would result in their elimination. That said, the world turned upside down when the Madrid-based side won a late penalty two minutes after the scheduled full-time whistle.

Yannick Carrasco stepped up to take the set piece with the club’s entire UCL chances resting on his shot. However, it was not to be as Lukas Hradecky denied the Belgian’s attempt.

According to reports from Movistar Futbol, Joao Felix approached Carrasco ahead of the penalty last night to ask if he could take the important set piece. 

While it is easy to speculate what could have happened if the Portuguese international took the penalty, there is not much merit to it. Moreover, one must remember that Hradecky had a career-best performance the night, making a whopping nine saves, including five from inside the box. 

Los Rojiblancos next face Porto in their final fixture of the UCL. Needless to say, the objective will now be to qualify for the UEFA Europa League ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who currently sit one point behind them.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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