Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Ancelotti bemoans penalty decision

October 26, 2013
By ESPN staff

Carlo Ancelotti bemoaned the referee's decision not to award Real Madrid a penalty as they went down 2-1 to Barcelona in El Clasico.

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Cristiano Ronaldo claimed he had been bundled over in the penalty area by Barca centre-back Javier Mascherano but the official waved away his protests.

The game was delicately poised at 1-0 a that stage, Barca leading through Neymar's first-half strike, before a delightful chip from Alexis Sanchez made it 2-0.

Jese grabbed a late goal for Real after Ronaldo's through ball but Barca saw out the remaining two minutes to go four points clear at the top of La Liga.

"The penalty seems very clear, it seems that everyone has seen it, but not the referee, who has not called it," Ancelotti told Real Madrid's website.

"I think in the second half the game was very good. We pushed more, played more, we had control of the game and we had good chances to score."

"The team fought toe to toe against a very difficult team, and by the end we had them on the ropes, it's rare that you see Barcelona trying to waste time at the end of a game.

"But there were two clear penalties and although I don't like to try and justify defeats by talking about referees, there are some things you cannot fight against."

Ancelotti's decision to play Sergio Ramos in midfield raised a few eyebrows and Real looked disjointed in the first half before putting their opponents under more sustained pressure in the second period.

But the Italian denied his team selection was defensive: "I do not think we played with three defensive midfielders because Modric is not one. Khedira and Ramos played defensively to give balance. I think that Barcelona did not play with so many attackers.

"The aim was to put it out there for balance in between. After the match against Juventus, Illarramndi had a problem in the thigh and I did not want to risk it because he started the season with a serious injury.

"I've talked with Sergio and was happy to play in this position, has played well before and this is the reason."

Gareth Bale had a limited impact on the game playing through the middle and was sacrificed on the hour mark as Real tried to claw back the advantage.

Ancelotti said of the Welshman's first Clasico experience: "I think they are the first games and you need to find combinations with others, which is normal. The match was good and you need to find the movements with their peers."

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