Sunday evening's incident-packed 2-1 win for Real Madrid at Levante brought contrasting reactions from the two camps, with the home players claiming referee Munoz Fernandez had helped Madrid win and the visitors complaining the officials had allowed Levante take an overly physical approach.
GettyImagesReal Madrid's 2-1 victory over Levante was played in appalling conditions
• Blog: Youth wins the way for Real
In a game played in driving rain, on a waterlogged pitch that made passing football almost impossible, Madrid went ahead through a Cristiano Ronaldo volley, but were pegged back after half-time when Levante substitute Angel clipped the ball past Iker Casillas.
In a frantic finale, Xabi Alonso's penalty was saved by Granotas goalkeeper Gustavo Munua, before young Real substitute Alvaro Morata headed an 84th winner.
The result left Levante midfielder Juanlu irate, and he claimed to reporters after the game that the officials had made sure Los Blancos won to ensure they did not fall even further behind Barcelona in the Primera Division race.
"The referee was a disgrace," Juanlu said. "He put down the Levante players a lot, warning us not to talk, while he clapped the Madrid players on the back and winked at them. The penalty was not a penalty, and the last free kick [from which Morata scored] was not a free-kick.
"La Liga was over if they did not win, so that could not happen. Mourinho has his notebook [of controversial decisions] but at the end they are always the ones who benefit."
The view from the Madrid camp was different, however, with anger over an early elbow from Levante defender David Navarro on Ronaldo, which lead to the Portuguese attacker requiring lengthy treatment on the sidelines and then asking to be substituted at half-time. Real defender Sergio Ramos accused Navarro and his fellow centre-half Sergio Ballesteros of violence.
"If Ballesteros likes boxing, he should go and do that and not football," Ramos said. "[Navarro] opened up Cristiano's eyebrow, and they had to give him five stitches. Why do you not talk about that?"
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho did not comment on the challenges, but praised his side for showing character to battle through and take the three points.
"Everyone has problems with these winter games," he said. "I had not played a game like that in such conditions. You must adapt. We switched to 4-4-2 as it was not a game to play football. When they reacted we had to show our character.
"Without Cristiano it was more difficult, but [Angel] Di Maria and [Jose] Callejon worked so hard. The crowd did not see a football game, but an honest war."
Mourinho, heavily criticised in Madrid lately for not giving youth a chance, claimed that his handling of Morata, 20, showed he knows how to introduce developing talent.
"Who brought him into the first team, took him on three pre-season tours, made sure he did not leave and gave him a first-team contract?" Mourinho asked. "It was me. The most important thing is that Morata is growing as a player and as a person. You must go forward calmly. We have [Gonzalo] Higuain and [Karim] Benzema, and the day they do not play you would say I am crazy."
Morata himself said that he was delighted to have scored, and appreciated Mourinho's guidance.
"It was very sweet," he said. "I had been close to scoring my first official senior goal in other games and I managed it today. I had chances to leave but I am at the best club in the world, with the best coach in the world. Mourinho gives me advice and help, I try to absorb them to become a better player."
Headlines Newsview all
Three children abandoned in a boarding school in Abule-Iroko in the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State are longing to meet their parents ... Full story
Cave night club could have passed for any other club but it is not like any other in Nigeria. It is a strip club where ... Full story
Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for the manslaughter of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
There was almost complete silence in the courtroom as Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for the manslaughter of his girlfriend Reeva ...
Rate this article
- Billboard In India Mistakes Morgan Freeman For Nelson Mandela
- 7 And 10-Year-Old Michigan Boys Honored For Turning In A $100 Bill They Found In The Park
- Shaunie O’Neal Refutes Shaq’s Claim That He Didn’t Want Kids In Reality Show
In June 2014, Nigeriafilms.com reported that President of the Scriptwriters Guild of Nigeria, Chike Bryan, was diagnosed with kidney failure and needed a transplant in ...
Former Kennis Music big boy, Jaywon, recently returned to his hometown, Egbe in Kogi State for the inauguration of the new King of Egbe, after ...
Reports reaching us indicate that veteran Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo has purchased his nomination form after indicating his interest in a seat in the National ...
Africa is a continent where the institution of marriage is held sacred, but recently, the fusion of the Western culture into the African way of ...
Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe Etim, may have caused her husband, Clifford Sule to have a rethink about his philosophy about love.The actress, who became a ...
The newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles Amodu Shaibu has asked Nigerians to be moderate in their expectations of the team even as he ...
Gone are the days when Nollywood makes use of fake instruments and other things to make movie look real. Thumbs up to the rapid development ...
‘Double Wahala’ crooner, Oritse Femi, is actually reaping the fruit of his labour as he has moved into his a newly acquired duplex valued at ...
Nollywood actor, Temitope Christopher, popularly known as Tope Tedela was a relatively unknown face in Nollywood until he beat several established names in the industry ...
A man identified as Mr Segun Adepegba, who was said to have absconded after dumping his three children at Solid Model College, a boarding school ...