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Barcelona 2 - 2 Real Madrid: El Clasico 5 Talking Points

Anirudh Menon
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37.25K   //    07 May 2018, 03:48 IST

Lionel
Lionel Messi knows. The Camp Nou knows. Magic.

Goals: Luis Suarez 10' (Superb finish from a peach of a cross from Sergi Roberto); Cristiano Ronaldo 14' (tap-in from a Benzema header down); Lionel Messi 52' (sublime finish, Suarez assist); Gareth Bale 72' (even better finish from a Marco Asensio lay-off)

Red Cards: Sergi Roberto 45' + 3' (for throwing a punch at Marcelo)

This was a mad, mad, Clasico... one of the most entertaining and end-to-end in recent memory and it's a damn shame that it had to end. Without much ado, then, let's dive into the talking points.


#5 Hernandez Hernandez gets everything wrong. Everything.


Herna
Hernandez Hernandez refereeing properly. A rare sight on the night

Picture these following scenarios

a) Gareth Bale rams into Samuel Umtiti and rakes his boot down the Frenchman's calf as the ball goes out of play

b) Jordi Alba grabs Luka Modric by the throat

c) Luis Suarez takes out Raphael Varane then sets up Lionel Messi for Barca's second

d) Jordi Alba sweeps Marcelo's feet from under him inside the Barcelona box

What do you think would happen if all these unfolded in front of a competent referee who understood the rules of the game of football... a red card, a red card, a foul, a penalty... yes?

Well, it's often unfair to single out referees for getting decisions wrong, they are humans too after all, but this is what the Clasico ref Senor Hernandez Hernandez did for all those above scenarios -

a) Foul for Barca, not even a talking to for Bale- who would then, of course, score the equaliser much later

b) Nothing

c) Nothing

d) Nothing

Farcical. That's the word you're looking for.

P.S. He did get the Sergio Roberto business correct, regardless of whether he hit Marcelo's face or not, the Catalan did ball his hand into a fist, and he did hit him. And yes, both Sergio Ramos and Luis Suarez deserved the yellow cards they got.

But come on, for the vast majority of this highest profile of matches, Barcelona and Real Madrid might as well have been playing without a referee.

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