Athletic Club 0-1 Real Madrid: VAR stars again in Los Blancos win

A Ramos penalty earned Madrid three points for the second game running

Ramos celebra su gol de penalti ante el Athletic
Ramos celebra su gol de penalti ante el Athletic | AFP

Real Madrid moved seven points clear of Barcelona on Sunday with another controversial win, this time against Athletic Club at San Mames. 

Jordi Delgado

@jdelga12

MATCH FACTS

LaLiga Santander

ATH

0-1

RMA

Athletic

Simón, Iñigo Martínez, Yeray (Unai Núñez, 20'), Yuri, Capa, Dani García (Villalibre, 79'), Unai López (Vesga, 62'), Munian, Córdoba (De Marcos, 62'), Raúl García e Iñaki Williams (Sancet, 79')

Real Madrid

Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Valverde (Kroos, 84'), Modric; Rodrygo (Lucas Vázquez, 73'), Asensio (Vinicius, 73') y Benzema (Jovic, 93')

Gol

1-0 M.73 Sergio Ramos (p).

Árbitro

José Luis González González. (Castellano-leonés). VAR: Jesús Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño). TA: Raúl García (39'), Dani García (72') / Sergio Ramos (90'), Casemiro (92')

Incidencias

Partido correspondiente a la jornada 34 de LaLiga Santander disputado en el estadio de San Mamés de Bilbao a puerta cerrada.

Sergio Ramos scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after Dani Garcia was adjudged to have fouled Marcelo. The spot-kick was given after referee Gonzalez Gonzalez reviewed it on the pitchside monitor. 

Moments later, Ramos stamped on Raul Garcia at the other end but this time the referee didn't even review the decision, drawing the ire of the Athletic players. 

Madrid held on to maintain their 100 percent record since the restart and move seven ahead of Barça, who play away at Villarreal later on Sunday. 

However, it's another win mired in controversy and once again by a one goal to nil. They beat Espanyol by that scoreline last weekend and Getafe, thanks to another VAR penalty, in the week. 

Zinedine Zidane's side now have just four games left to see out the season and win their first title since 2017. 

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