Real Madrid produced another stunning second-half comeback as they overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Sevilla 3-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Two quickfire goals from Ivan Rakitic and Erik Lamela in the first half left Carlo Ancelotti’s men staring at a defeat against Los Nervionenses.
However, the team rallied after the break as substitute Rodrygo Goes pulled a goal back in the 50th minute before fellow substitute Nacho equalised with less than ten minutes left to play.
And, when it mattered the most, Karim Benzema stepped up again to dispatch a stoppage-time winner. The result sees Real Madrid strengthen their grip at the top of the La Liga standings, stretching their lead to 15 points over second-placed Barcelona.
Speaking after the game, Nacho, who came on to score a goal, commented on the performance, saying (h/t DAZN):
“A win doesn’t mean more than three points. There are still a lot of matches left, but given how the match was, it’s very important. We performed better in the second half.”
The defender insisted that the result made the team happy, but insisted that it does not mean that their job is done.
“The way we won the three points is very complicated and we are very happy. This does not resolve anything yet,” he said.
Speaking of the goals that Real Madrid conceded in the first half, the Spaniard said: “The first goal we conceded was because of us, I don’t know how to tell you. Sevilla put a lot of pressure and played better in the first half.”
There was a contentious moment during the game when Vinicius Junior had a goal surprisingly chalked off for a handball.
Expressing his bewilderment over why the decision went against Real Madrid, Nacho said: “Vinicius’ goal should have counted. I saw it on the screen.”
Finally, Nacho also touched upon the club’s La Liga title chances, stating: “It got a little closer. With each passing round, the advantage becomes greater for us.”
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.