As much as Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was happy to have defeated Barcelona 3-1 on Sunday night in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana, the centre-back was upset at some of the refereeing decisions and even wondered if Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card could be appealed.
The goalscoring substitute was dismissed when judged to have dived under pressure from Samuel Umtiti and shown a second yellow card , but his captain isn’t ruling out having him available for Wednesday’s second leg.
“I was far away, but I think it was a piece of play in which [Ronaldo] lost his balance, rather than feigning anything,” Ramos said after the match.
“It could be appealed.
“Sending off a key player with 10 minutes remaining of a Clasico in which we’ve given our all is something which needs to be evaluated and thought about.”
While Ramos might not have had the best view of that incident, he was far closer to the other big controversy of the evening, when Luis Suarez won a penalty.
“In no moment was it a penalty,” the captain of Los Blancos stated.
“I will need to watch it and evaluate it because I don’t think the referee would blow for an action in which there was nothing there, knowing that he could be mistaken.
“My feeling was that it wasn’t [a penalty].”
Overall, though, it was an enjoyable evening for Ramos, as he himself explained.
“We are very content because of the great game we played,” he said.
“It is an important step, but we cannot puff out our chests yet because there is a return leg and anything could happen.
“It was a match with a lot of effort given, because the opposition is hard to defend against, but we did so well and left them few spaces.
“I am very happy [for Marco Asensio, the third goalscorer] and I congratulate him.
“But there’s a need to praise the work of the team in general.”
The return leg takes place back in the capital on Wednesday night, with kick-off at 23:00 CET.