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Sergio Ramos defends officials after controversial win
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Sergio Ramos defended referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea following Real Madrid’s 3-2 win through a controversial late penalty.

Ramos gave Madrid all three points from a penalty in the 82nd minute, Marc Bartra was penalized for handling the ball in the area following a VAR review.

It did appear as though Bartra was pushed into the ball by Borja Mayoral, with Betis unfortunate to suffer their first loss after two successive wins under Manuel Pellegrini.

Sergio Ramos defends officials after controversial win
(Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Earlier, Aissa Mandi and William Carvalho had put Betis ahead following Federico Valverde’s opener.

But Emerson conceded an own goal three minutes after the break and was then sent off before the Sergio Ramos sealed the win following the controversial penalty.

“I can’t comment on specific incidents,” Ramos said to Madrid’s official website.

“From what we’ve been told it was a clear penalty, but there’s nothing that can be done about it now.

“Sometimes they help us and sometimes they go against us, but that’s football. The referee is there to do the best he possibly can and I don’t think it’s ever intentional.”

Madrid have four points from two games, with their victory at Betis following a 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad.

Ramos added: “We were very good for the first 15 minutes. We dominated the game up until the first goal, which gave us confidence but in the end, we had to dig in.

Sergio Ramos defends officials after controversial win
(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

“If you keep giving the ball to quality teams who like to have possession, they will create chances and you run the risk of them scoring goals.

“The most important thing was our mentality and the team came out hungry to come back, which is exactly what we did. We managed to level it up quickly to get right back in the game.
 
“It serves as a lesson for us. We’re not going to come from behind in every game. The other day we played really well but just lacked a bit of an edge. 

“We created a lot of chances today and it was a fantastic second half, we were dominant and it’s clinched us the three points which will do us the world of good.”

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