January 19, 2019

10-man Real Madrid loses 2-0 to Sociedad

09 January 2019, 04:05 | Pamela Mathis

Bale was injured playing against Villarreal

Bale was injured playing against Villarreal

"Cristiano is a champion, he's part of our history, he's ours, we do not miss him because he's a player of ours and will always be part of our history even if now it plays for Juventus", said Solari in November.

Of the 15 matches that Solari has overseen in charge, he's handed two starts to Isco; neither of them coming in the league.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has expressed his displeasure at the referee and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) following their sixth defeat in LaLiga this season.

Real are fifth on 30 points after 18 games and the loss nearly certainly ended their hopes of catching LaLiga leaders Barcelona, who won 2-1 at Getafe later and are 10 points ahead.

"VAR depends on the rules being clear". The decision was "scandalous", Ramos said later. "We players go onto the pitch and we must be better and more focused".

Real winger Lucas Vazquez was sent off for Real while Brazil wonderkid Vinicius Junior was controversially denied a penalty - as the European champions dropped further in the title race.

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Real director Emilio Butragueno also took issue with the VAR.

Referee Sanchez Martinez used VAR for the first ever time in a Clasico after he thought there was no foul by Raphael Varane on Luis Suarez, but he was asked to check by those at Las Rozas; he looked at the pictures and awarded a penalty, which Barcelona scored from.

"We are always very respectful towards referees and we are in favour of VAR, but we do not understand this incident", he said.

Sociedad got the much-needed win in its first match since coach Imanol Alguacil replaced the fired Asier Garitano.

Luka Modric, meanwhile, sought to play down the pressure on Solari, telling AS: "VAR is not something we can think about as players, maybe it is odd we have not received a penalty but that is the way football is".

"We have to pay more attention in the opening minutes, it's something we all know we have to improve on", Solari told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's last 16 first-leg clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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