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.
Nevertheless, referee Mateu Lahoz barely budged despite all the appeals by a victimized Real Madrid side. Here are a few tweets by irate fans:
Baffling how despite the 3 clear penalty calls not given how Real Madrid haven't scored. Former La Fabrica GK Adan being a pain. #RMABET
— M•A•J (@UltraSuristic_) September 20, 2017
?it's referee's who are unfair
— Real Madrid Forever (@RealMadridFor13) September 20, 2017
Damn, Madrid so unlucky recently. Referee decisions against them/goalkeepers turning in to prime Casillas on a regular.
— K (@MilansMaldini) September 20, 2017
anyways…back on level terms…still wondering how madrid didnt get a penalty today tho….challenges in the box were kinda interesting
— YJR? (@TheSocaWarrior) September 20, 2017
A clear penalty not given to us but nooooo, La Liga is dangerous prepared for Real Madrid
— Kevin (@MagisterialIsco) September 20, 2017
A clear penalty not given to Real Madrid pic.twitter.com/y68sgEziEq
— 22 (@nancymadrisco) September 20, 2017
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.
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 20, 2017