The overwhelming victory of Real Madrid in Montilivi that returned them to the leadership did not foreshadow what happened in the final minutes of the match in Montilivi, with an incomprehensible challenge by Nacho on Portu that ended with the Real Madrid player being sent off after the VAR review, the forward local removed on a stretcher and a feint of tangana near the benches with Stuani, the merengue captain and Rüdiger as protagonists.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team won 0-3, 90 minutes had already passed and, out of nowhere, Nacho suffered the typical crossing of cables in an action without major danger near the center of the field that could have caused a serious injury. to the Girona footballer, who left the stadium in an ambulance on his way to the hospital to be examined in more depth. Fortunately for Portu, the hit was not on the leg he was resting on.
At first, the Canary Islander Pulido Santana settled the play with a yellow card, but Nacho saw a direct red card after urging the referee from the VOR room to review the play. Depending on the sanction that falls on him, a problem for Real Madrid, which precisely does not have plenty of center backs due to the injuries of Militao and Alaba.
Nacho did not protest his expulsion and immediately went to apologize to Portu, lying on the grass. Nervous, he later confronted a Girona player who had reprimanded him for his inexplicable tackle. The veteran Uruguayan striker did not like that, and he ran towards the Real Madrid captain. Rüdiger then appeared on the scene, who tried to protect his partner and ended up being reprimanded.
Nacho is not exactly a defender who is characterized by violence and that is surely why both Míchel, the local coach, and Carlo Ancelotti, tried to reduce some of the tension after the crash. «Carlo said that it was an inappropriate entry and he asked us for forgiveness. We hope it is a strong blow, although Portu has his ankle and hip affected and he is awaiting the tests. No entry of this style is understandable but seeing the minute and result even less so,” Míchel said at a press conference.
“He lacked lucidity”
«Nacho lacked lucidity and is very hurt and very sad. He has always been a correct player, there is no need to have doubts about him,” Ancelotti said, for his part. However, the entrance with the squad ahead was highly criticized, to the point that former Vasco referee Iturralde González, SER commentator, described it as “criminal”, the harshest he had seen in the last five years. In any case, it cannot be justified that from the Montilivi stands they chanted “murderer” against the Real Madrid and Spanish national team footballer.
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