El Clasico: Ramos Should Have Been Sent Off – Pique
Yemi|Feb. 07, 2019
Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, should have been sent off in last night’s El Clasico, according to Barcelona captain, Gerard Pique.
Ramos picked up an early yellow card in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi final and was perhaps lucky to have lasted the full 90 minutes
Pique strongly felt his compatriot should have been sent off in the 1 - 1 El Clasico draw.
Ramos was booked in just the 10th minute of the match at Camp Nou and was perhaps fortunate to escape a second yellow for a foul on Arthur and, later, an incident involving Luis Suarez.
While Pique said referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz performed well, he thought Ramos should have seen red.
"In general, he has made a good match," he told reporters. "It was a red card for Sergio, but what can we do?"
Barca came from behind at home as Malcom cancelled out Lucas Vazquez's opener, with Lionel Messi only able to come off the bench after battling a thigh injury.
Pique was happy with what he saw from the 31-year-old superstar and he hopes Messi is ready to go against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
"I've seen him very well, fast. He has not felt the discomfort he had and it's good news," he said.
"We hope to have him for the San Mames match and help us."
The result keeps alive Real's hopes of reviving their ailing season with cup glory, though they remain eight points behind the champions in the league having failed to recover from their shocking start to the season under former boss Julen Lopetegui.
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