Spanish La Liga: Malaga stun FC Barcelona 2-0
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 8:56
The first Barcelona player to be sent off in 59 games, Neymar stands to miss Barcelona's next La Liga match vs.
"I think the interpretation of yellow cards is special", the Barca coach said when asked about Neymar's dismissal at La Rosaleda, having largely refused to be drawn into debates on match officials during his three years at Camp Nou so far.
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"We have to be very careful in some games because there have been strong tackles from behind that did not result in a yellow even though they were clearly worth a booking".
"It's curious that a team like us that doesn't usually kick people gets so many yellow cards in such an incomprehensible manner", he said.
The 1-1 draw between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby earlier in the day gave Luis Enrique's side the chance to draw level with their title rivals at the top of the standings, but it proved to be chance they spurned.
"It is a draw but we've lost two points".
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Los Blancos had led against Atletico through a towering Pepe header, but were pegged back by an equaliser by Antoine Griezmann five minutes from time.
But Real failed to press for another goal and Griezmann capitalized on its complacency. We created chances, but without getting any luck.
Moments later Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't believe his eyes when his fierce goal-bound effort was turned to safety by Stefan Savic's incredible headed clearance from under his own crossbar.
Luis Enrique's side are now sat three points behind Madrid in La Liga table, with Zinedine Zidane's side drawing 1-1 against cross-city rivals Atletico earlier in the day.
Barcelona continued to dominate possession after the break, but they almost went two goals down in the 57th minute after Sandro did well to set up Juanpi in a unsafe position, the Venezuelan midfielder aiming a shot straight at Ter Stegen. Real Madrid has one game in hand over Barcelona to play later. But then the wheels came off against relegation-threatened Deportivo in a crushing 2-1 defeat.
Nacho, Raphael Varane and Jesus Vallejo are deemed too inexperienced to provide ample support for Sergio Ramos, prompting the Champions League holders to seek a seasoned defender, and Bonucci fits the bill. But for now, Sevilla caught a huge break this week to keep their Champions League hopes alive for next season.