Barcelona 1-3 Actual Madrid: Ronald Koeman blames VAR for Clasico loss

Barcelona 1-3 Actual Madrid: Ronald Koeman blames VAR for Clasico loss

Clement Lenglet's foul on Sergio Ramos
Clement Lenglet’s shirt-pull on Sergio Ramos was the turning level of the sport

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman says the video assistant referee system appears to be “solely used to make selections towards Barca” after Sergio Ramos’ penalty helped Actual Madrid win El Clasico.

Federico Valverde smashed Actual, who had misplaced their earlier two video games, into the lead from Karim Benzema’s move.

Barcelona’s Ansu Fati, 17, levelled from Jordi Alba’s cross, changing into the youngest scorer in El Clasico historical past.

Ramos scored from the spot and Luka Modric smashed in a late third.

The turning level was a prolonged VAR choice for the Ramos penalty. Referee Juan Martínez Munuera didn’t spot Clement Lenglet’s pull on Ramos’ shirt however ultimately gave a penalty after viewing it on the display screen.

Barca had two penalty appeals turned down – for a Raphael Varane problem on Lionel Messi and a attainable Varane handball.

“I do not perceive VAR, I feel it’s only used to make selections towards Barca,” mentioned Koeman, whose aspect have solely picked up seven factors from 5 video games.

“You at all times get shirt tugs like that within the space and I feel Ramos makes a foul on Lenglet first. There is a tug of the shirt, however not sufficient to make him fall behind as he did. For me it is not a penalty.

“We now have had 5 matches and [VAR] has solely been used to go towards Barca. It is by no means gone our approach.

“The choice had an enormous affect on the ultimate consequence, as a result of we had been enjoying nicely as much as the penalty.”

Ramos mentioned: “I feel it was a really clear penalty. He tugged my shirt once I was leaping for the ball and it is as clear as daylight. It is unfair to criticise a referee for a call as clear as that.”

The consequence takes Actual high of the fledgling La Liga desk with 13 factors from six video games, six factors above Barcelona.

Environment friendly Actual brush off current defeats

Luka Modric
Luka Modric got here off the bench to attain Actual’s third purpose

Actual Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has not misplaced any of his six matches as a supervisor on the Nou Camp, with three wins and three attracts.

Morale could have been low after defeats of their earlier two video games by Cadiz, in La Liga, and Shakhtar Donetsk, within the Champions League.

However they began brightly when Benzema fed Valverde, who slammed the ball into the far nook, leaving Neto with no probability.

Fati’s virtually rapid equaliser made it the primary time each side scored within the opening eight minutes of a Clasico in La Liga since 1940.

After that, Barca threatened to take management however Actual did nicely to show the tide.

Ramos’ low penalty beat Neto and marks the primary time he has scored 10 La Liga objectives in a calendar yr.

There was time for a late third as Luka Modric stepped previous Neto earlier than an aesthetic end.

Actual are unbeaten in three Clasicos for the primary time since 2012-13.

Questions for Koeman?

It’s maybe too early to speak about actual stress however Barcelona’s tally of seven factors from 5 video games is as unhealthy a begin as boss Koeman may have feared.

They had been OK for big components of El Clasico and dominated for a interval however Actual deserved their win ultimately.

Scorer Fati was certainly one of three youngsters in Barca’s crew, alongside Pedri and right-back Sergino Dest, who was the primary American to play in El Clasico.

Fati – who turned the primary participant beneath the age of 18 to attain in El Clasico – and Dest, who joined from Ajax in the beginning of this month, had been two of Barca’s higher performers.

Koeman will certainly be quizzed on how Philippe Coutinho, who didn’t have a great sport, performed the complete 90 minutes – or why he didn’t make any adjustments till the 81st minute.

Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele, two of the most costly gamers of all time, got here on too late for any actual impression.

Lionel Messi was removed from his greatest and has not scored in six Clasicos.

Participant of the match

ModricLuka Modric


  1. Squad quantity22Participant identifyAnsu Fati

  2. Squad quantity14Participant identifyPhilippe Coutinho

  3. Squad quantity13Participant identifyNeto

  4. Squad quantity10Participant identifyMessi

  5. Squad quantity2Participant identifyDest

  6. Squad quantity21Participant identifyde Jong

  7. Squad quantity18Participant identifyAlba

  8. Squad quantity3Participant identifyPiqué

  9. Squad quantity16Participant identifyPedri

  10. Squad quantity17Participant identifyTrincão

  11. Squad quantity15Participant identifyLenglet

  12. Squad quantity11Participant identifyDembélé

  13. Squad quantity5Participant identifyBusquets

  14. Squad quantity7Participant identifyGriezmann

  15. Squad quantity9Participant identifyBraithwaite

Actual Madrid

  1. Squad quantity10Participant identifyModric

  2. Squad quantity4Participant identifyRamos

  3. Squad quantity15Participant identifyValverde

  4. Squad quantity9Participant identifyBenzema

  5. Squad quantity20Participant identifyVinícius Júnior

  6. Squad quantity17Participant identifyLucas Vázquez

  7. Squad quantity1Participant identifyCourtois

  8. Squad quantity8Participant identifyKroos

  9. Squad quantity23Participant identifyMendy

  10. Squad quantity14Participant identifyCasemiro

  11. Squad quantity5Participant identifyVarane

  12. Squad quantity11Participant identifyAsensio

  13. Squad quantity25Participant identifyRodrygo

  14. Squad quantity6Participant identifyNacho



  • 13Murara Neto
  • 2Dest
  • 3Piqué
  • 15LengletBooked at 29mins
  • 18AlbaBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 87′minutes
  • 16GonzálezSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 81′minutes
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forDembéléat 82′minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 14Coutinho
  • 22FatiSubstituted forGriezmannat 81′minutes
  • 10MessiBooked at 90mins


  • 4Araújo
  • 6Aleñá
  • 7Griezmann
  • 8Pjanic
  • 9Braithwaite
  • 11Dembélé
  • 12Puig
  • 17Machado Trincão
  • 20Roberto
  • 24Firpo
  • 26Peña
  • 36Tenas

Actual Madrid

  • 1Courtois
  • 6NachoBooked at 37minsSubstituted forVázquezat 43′minutes
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 23Mendy
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forModricat 69′minutes
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 19mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 11AsensioSubstituted forRodrygoat 81′minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20Vinícius Júnior


  • 3Militão
  • 10Modric
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Jovic
  • 22Isco
  • 25Rodrygo
  • 33López

Juan Martínez Munuera

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