Throughout Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Villarreal on the Estadio de la Cerámica on Sunday, Lionel Messi took a brutal foul on the sixty fourth minute as midfielder Manu Trigueros slid right into a 50-50 problem on the half-line, however took out the Barcelona captain within the course of, together with his studs sliding straight into the Argentine’s ankles.
Carlos del Cerro, who was refereeing the sport, instantly reached into his pockets for a direct pink card for the Spanish midfielder, as Barcelona’s captain lay within the floor in vital ache, garnering the eye of the medical workers.
The foul was the trigger for protest amongst Villarreal gamers, together with defender Pau Torres, who gave the impression to be arguing towards the pink card with the referee.
Nonetheless, in a latest interview with RAC1, the Spanish defender appears to have conceded that the foul was deserved: “Sure once I noticed it on the TV, it was a pink. It didn’t look like a pink card dwell, however once I noticed it on the tv, I might see why the referee gave a pink card. His legs go very excessive.”
Barcelona got here out of the primary half successful 2-1 due to a brace from Antoine Griezmann, regardless of conceding first. Within the second half, the Catalans confronted immense strain from the Yellow Submarine. Lionel Messi was fouled 6 instances over the course of the sport, probably the most vital of which got here from Trigueros’ foul through which his left foot rose all the way in which to the Argentinian’s waist.
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The validity of the pink card was authenticated by former referee Iturralde de González, who reviewed the foul on Cadena SER’s Carrusel Deportivo: “It’s a horrible problem. Sure, that’s a pink card, however it’s not intentional. It’s harmful play although, there’s no query. He does get the ball, however his foot is just too excessive and makes contact with Messi.”
Regardless of wanting pretty damage by the incident, Barcelona’s quantity 10 appeared unscathed and continued to play the total 90 minutes for the Catalans.
Finally, the Frenchman’s brace was sufficient to provide Koeman’s aspect towards 10-men Villarreal. Barcelona finds themselves 2 factors behind league leaders Atlético Madrid, however with a sport in hand.
La Blaugrana face Granada on Thursday, hoping to realize the highest spot within the league for the primary time this season.
Article by Madhav Kacker