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Another arbitration decision in favor of the Real Madrid and another controversy seeking to detract from the Whites in their fifth straight victory. The action of the direct red to Rowing Freuler, of Atalanta, for your entrance to Ferland mendy In the 18th minute it generated endless debates. A fair decision by the referee that has generated much more noise than another key action about which nothing was said.
It happened a little before Freuler’s expulsion, in the 14th minute. On a split ball, Pierluigi gollini, Atalanta goalkeeper, left the area to clear a ball towards which Vinicius was also heading. The Italian managed to get the ball out with his head and, in principle, there was the action. However, the repeated images show a dangerous movement of the local goal that was not sanctioned and that could be around the expulsion.
Gollini leaves the foot. In the jump to get the ball, he takes Vinicius forward and nails the sole of his boot in the thigh, in addition to lifting his leg to a dangerous position. The referee did not say anything and the action went almost unnoticed, while a few minutes later a major scandal broke out over Freuler’s expulsion.
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The first goal in the Champions League by Frenchman Ferland Mendy, with a curved right hand from outside the area in the 86th minute, knocked down the wall of Atalanta on Wednesday, who competed for seventy minutes with ten men, and gave Real Madrid a valuable 1 -0 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Without nine players, without the defensive leadership of Sergio Ramos or the goals of Karim Benzema, it was Mendy the Madrid leader. It caused the expulsion, severe, of the Swiss Remo Freuler in the 18th minute and the decisive play was invented four minutes from the end that rewarded the ninety-minute push of Zinedine Zidane’s men.
Real Madrid, who won again in a ‘Champions’ tie two years later, when they won the first leg against Ajax, took Valdebebas an important victory, waiting to recover more key players and shield in the return match on March 16 his ticket to the quarterfinals.
Faced with the offensive power and verticality of Atalanta, which has the second best forward in Serie A and is the league’s top scorer in the last two seasons, Zidane opted for Isco as a false ‘nine’, to give his team more technique and density in the center of the field and try to open spaces in the aggressive rival defense.
The Malaga player, who had not been a starter since January 20, on the day of the elimination of the Copa del Rey against Alcoyano, interpreted Zidane’s plan positively. He played with quality and attracted pressure from Gasperini’s defenders to reward the incursions of Vinicius and an excellent Mendy.
[Más información: Los ‘lloros’ de RAC1 por la roja a Freuler: “¡Robo total al Atalanta!”]