After much debate, Real Madrid bounces back to defeat Almeria 3-2

After the VAR dispute, Real Madrid comes back to defeat Almeria 3-2

In a wild La Liga match that was marred by VAR controversy, Real Madrid came back to win 3-2 at home against bottom-place Almeria on Sunday thanks to a goal from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute of stoppage time.

Ahead of Girona, who will visit Sevilla later on Sunday, Real moved up to the top of the La Liga standings with 51 points.

Largie Ramazani’s early score in the first minute and Edgar Gonzalez’s incredible long-range volley in the first half gave lowly Almeria, who had lost their first 21 LaLiga games, a two-goal advantage over Real Madrid, who failed to muster a single effort on goal.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was irritated, decided not to send his players back to the locker room before halftime and instead started the second half with three substitutions that gave his team more momentum.

Under intense pressure from Vinicius Jr. and Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid cut the lead in the 56th minute when Bellingham’s penalty, given for a questionable handball following a protracted VAR check, lowered the score.

After yet another extensive VAR investigation, Sergio Arribas’ attempt from Almeria’s counterattack was disqualified a little while later.

The Almeria midfielder Dion Lopy was harshly found to have fouled Bellingham when he hit him in the face as he tried to regain his footing. Referee Francisco Maeso determined that there was an infringement in the build-up.

Five minutes later, Maeso awarded the goal after determining it was off the shoulder after another VAR review, having previously disqualified Real Madrid’s equalizer for a handball by Vinicius Jr. Almeria’s players and manager Asier Garitano was incensed at the decision.

In the build-up, Bellingham also had a goal disallowed for a contentious offside. Later, when Real Madrid made a late push, he came dangerously close to scoring with an incredible scissor kick that missed Almeria’s goal.

After a few close calls and manager Garitano’s red card for protesting to the referee, Bellingham performed magic inside a packed box to lift a cross to Carvajal, who tapped in the winner at the far post, nine minutes into added time.

Gonzalo Melero of Almeria told DAZN, “Today we were robbed.”

“It pains me to say it, but there’s no other way to take it. And that’s not the first this year. What happened today went beyond all limits, it was unbelievable.

“Nothing more could have been done for them to win the game…”

Real Madrid defender Carvajal disagreed.

“If Melero watches the plays calmly, he will surely realise that they are correctly refereed,” Carvajal stated to DAZN.

“I said to my team mates at halftime that anything could happen until the last minute and it did. Thanks to our fans who carried us up to the sky.”