Real Madrid 0-1 Betis: Ronaldo fans rue uncalled penalties

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Real Madrid was stunned at home by Real Betis via a 1:0 scoreline in their midweek encounter.

The Spanish champions who were uncharacteristically inefficient in Wednesday night’s game saw their sluggishness being punished in the dying embers of their match with Betis. A strike by Antonio Sanabria in the 94th minutes was enough to snatch the full three points for the visitors.

Nevertheless, some Ronaldo fans who prior to kickoff probably envisaged a glorious season debut for their revered number 7, believe the bizarre outcome of the match-up wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for redundant erroneous officiating.

Before the last-gasp winner, Los Blancos were denied four genuine penalty calls which could have easily been given on any other day. The first was a handball decision, the second was Ronaldo being jostled to the ground during a corner-kick.

The third was another challenge on the Real Madrid forward by Antonio Barragan inside the 18-yard-box and the fourth, a tackle on Marcelo orchestrated by former Manchester City and Zenith Saint-Petersburg player, Javi Garcia.

Handball decision not awarded to Real Madrid against Real Betis
The handball
Cristiano Ronaldo denied penalty vs Betis
Ronaldo being jostled to the ground inside the penalty area
Cristiano Ronaldo denied penalty vs Real Betis
Barragan’s illegal tackle on Cristiano
Marcelo tackled to the ground by Javier Garcia
Garcia’s challenge on Marcelo

Nevertheless, referee Mateu Lahoz barely budged despite all the appeals by a victimized Real Madrid side. Here are a few tweets by irate fans:

The outcome of tonight’s encounter now sees Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates occupying the seventh position on the league table; seven points adrift current league leaders Barcelona after just five games.

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