Zinedine Zidane's team benefited from two actions in which technology intervened
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Real Madrid returned to action in the Spanish League with a laborious victory against Betis as a visitor. Zinedine Zidane's team was left with a 3-2 victory that was not without controversy and in which accusations rained about how the VAR was used in favor of the Merengue cast.
The reigning champion went ahead on the scoreboard with a goal from Federico Valverde at 14 minutes of the first half, and Aissa Mandi and William Carvalho turned the result for the locals with goals at 35 and 37, respectively. Emerson , against his own fence, arranged the tie 2-2 and gave life to Madrid in the match.
Betis could not hold the tie and fell to Real Madrid (REUTERS / Marcelo Del Pozo)
But the first controversial action was going to arrive within 21 minutes of the complement. When Luka Jovic left to meet the goalkeeper, Emerson brought him down at the entrance to the area . Referee Ricardo De Burgos used technology to expel the Brazilian , although he did not sanction a penalty because the foul had been outside the area.
With one less man, Betis had a hard time maintaining equality. And the most controversial action was going to take place with only nine minutes remaining in the match. Marc Bartra stumbled in the area when he was trying to mark Borja Mayoral and ended up touching the ball with his arm. Once again the judge went to the screens to see the replay of the action. After the review, he charged a penalty for Real Madrid and admonished the defender of the local team.
Sergio Ramos took charge of the execution of the maximum penalty and, true to his style, gave the note. The fierce defender struck the ball and declared the final 3-2, which allowed the Merengue team to start their way in the League with a smile.
Ramos stung the ball at the penalty spot and gave Real Madrid the victory (REUTERS / Marcelo Del Pozo)
One of the most obfuscated by the referee's performance was Carles Puyol. The former Barcelona captain shared a series of emojis on his Twitter account to show his disagreement with the use of VAR in the Real Madrid game and then wrote: “We will have to do very well if we want to win, I trust, and this would have to be a challenge and a motivation for the team ”.
In the same vein, the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini , Betis coach, spoke after the match. “You cannot play against Real Madrid, against penalties, against expulsions and against VAR,” he said.
This was Real Madrid's debut in the current Spanish League season. The Merengue cast just joined the competition on the third date because their first two matches were postponed due to their participation in the knockout stages of the Champions League last August.