Sports Ramos, VAR key to Madrid 3-1 win at Barcelona

00:31  25 october  2020
00:31  25 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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VAR doesn't miss a trick and Sergio Ramos doesn't miss penalties. Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2- 1 at the Camp Nou because Clement Lenglet's shirt pull on A second-half Sergio Ramos penalty helped Real Madrid to victory over great rivals Barcelona on Saturday afternoon. The Madrid skipper won a

Madrid 's centre-back has suffered more Clasico losses than any other player while Leo Messi needs 3 more wins to set a new all-time record. Leo Messi and Sergio Ramos will face each other for the 28th time in tomorrow's Clasico which is the longest duel in the history of the rivalry.

BARCELONA, Spain — Defender Sergio Ramos showed once again why he is the heart of Real Madrid in leading the team to a 3-1 win at Barcelona -- with a little help from the video assistant referee.

Ronald Koeman in a suit and tie © Provided by The Canadian Press

Ramos created and scored the winning goal in their first meeting of the season at an empty Camp Nou on Saturday. The clásico was yet another victory that Ramos has led in his long career at Madrid, especially since the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo two years ago.

Ramos' importance for Madrid was seen in back-to-back losses in the run-up to the trip to their fiercest rival. Ramos was knocked out of the loss to Cádiz at halftime with a knee injury last weekend that also sidelined him for the Shakhtar defeat in the Champions League midweek. Without him, the team was listless and outhustled.

Ramos triggers alarm at Real

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A second-half penalty from Sergio Ramos helped lift Real Madrid to a 1 - 3 victory over Barcelona in However, a key penalty call via VAR earned Real Madrid a penalty, which Ramos duly converted, and a late Ramos also won his race to fitness and was slotted in at his customary centre-back position.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has started training with the ball again as he steps up his bid to be fit for this weekend’s El Clasico. Ramos was forced off with a knee injury in Madrid ’s previous league match with Cadiz and Eder Militao and Raphael Varane started at the heart of the defence at the

With him back barking orders in the centre of its defence, Madrid was the aggressive, compact side that won La Liga from Barcelona last season.

Ramos likewise proved key in the opposing area when he used his wiles to grapple with Clement Lenglet to gain position for a high ball. With Lenglet tugging his shirt, Ramos fell to the turf and complained vehemently. After consulting the video screen on the touchline, referee Juan Martínez ruled Lenglet impeded Ramos from contesting the ball.

That sent Ramos to the penalty spot where he drove a low shot past Neto to restore Madrid’s lead for good in the 63rd minute.

“Both Lenglet and I take our defending to the limit, and in this case it was very clear,” Ramos said. “He grabbed me as I was jumping. The VAR is there to help and I think it was a penalty. We then went looking for a third goal after they had suffered that blow to their morale instead of just sitting back.”

Reals horror record without Ramos

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Barcelona and Real Madrid collide in the first Clasico of the season on Saturday Match could depend on whoever comes out on top between Messi and Ramos Real Madrid 's Uruguayan midfielder would have scored a late equaliser on Tuesday had it not

Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid a two-goal advantage. Pepe had headed the hosts into the lead from a Thanks for joining me for live coverage of Real Madrid 's 3 - 1 win against Barcelona at the Real Madrid reignite their La Liga title bid and get to within one point of Barcelona after their sixth

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman did not agree.

“The decision of the penalty had a final influence in the score,” Koeman said. “It is first a foul by Ramos on Lenglet. Lenglet grabbed his shirt, but not enough to bring the player down. At least not enough to make the player fall away from you, but rather to pull the player toward you. So, for me, it is not a penalty.”

Madrid leads the league with 13 points. Barcelona has 7 points with a game in hand — and added pressure when it travels to Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Camp Nou is normally a cauldron for the clásico. Barcelona’s faithful greet the two sides with enormous mosaics featuring the club’s blue-and-burgundy colours, and use their 90,000-plus lungs to make it as uncomfortable as can be for the visitors. On Saturday, Europe's biggest stadium was warmed by a glorious sun but empty except for reserve players in face masks.

Tops / Flops Barça-Real: Sergio Ramos the savior, Ansu Fati shone

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Sergio Ramos went through the back of Luis Suárez, across the pitch, up the stairs, past the chapel, to the left, through the door and into the press room at There Ramos sat, “not crapping myself exactly but very nervous”. It was 1 - 1 when he was sent off, leaving Madrid with 10 minutes left to play and 10

Zinedine Zidane insists he is not feeling the pressure of the sack at Real Madrid as the coach welcomes back Sergio Ramos for Saturday's Back-to-back home defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk have left Zidane's position under scrutiny and a loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou would only

Koeman’s first clásico in his mission to rebuild the team that failed to win a trophy last season prompted big decisions to play two teenagers and leave Antoine Griezmann on the bench. Koeman surprised by starting Pedro “Pedri” González alongside fellow 17-year-old Ansu Fati in attack.

Pedri did not shine, but Fati was the driving force for Barcelona in his new position as striker in front of Lionel Messi.

Koeman also started new arrival Sergiño Dest. The U.S. defender impressed with his marking of Vinícius Júnior and incursions from the right flank.

To recreate a little bit of the atmosphere before kickoff, the club played recorded sounds of fans chanting while the players warmed up, and played a recording of the club hymn.

Federico Valverde struck five minutes in for Madrid when he took a through ball from Karim Benzema and blasted it inside the far post.

Fati hit right back three minutes later. The budding star stabbed home his fifth goal in six games from a pass by Jordi Alba after Messi found the left back with a lob down the left side.

Barcelona took the initiative after the restart as Dest and Alba found space on the flanks, and Fati found Coutinho with a cross that the Brazilian headed into the side netting.

That was when Ramos tilted the match in Madrid’s favour.

Koeman sent on forwards Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Francisco Trincão and Martin Brathwaite late to press for the equalizer.

With his defence exposed, Neto resisted as he could, making three good saves until substitute Luka Modric drew him off his line and fired in Madrid’s third.

“We know what Sergio means for us, he is more just than a player,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. ““We deserved the win. We could have scored more.”


Marcos Llorente and Luis Suárez scored in Atlético Madid’s 2-0 win over Real Betis. Sevilla fell at home to Eibar 1-0, and Osasuna defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0.


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