Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in El Clasico left Spanish media with the same feeling. All of them highlight that Carlo Ancelotti’s conservative line-up and the referee’s mistake not awarding Cristiano Ronaldo a penalty were the keys of the loss.
Marca titles “Coward Ancelotti, awful referee.” The Madrid sports daily claims “Ancelotti gave Barcelona the first half with his unprecedented line-up invention.” They also state the ref “had a terrible performance, denying Real a clear penalty.”
The other main Madrid sports newspaper, As, claims “Ancelotti and Undiano [the referee] immobilized Real.” PRISA’s paper points out “the manager messed up the team including Gareth Bale as striker.”
“The referee’s fear to concede the penalty stopped Real Madrid’s reaction,” they add. “Alexis sealed the victory with a delightful goal when Barca was having their worst moment,” As points out.
Marca also emphasize the fact that “Alexis sank a Real that deserved more than a loss.”