Real Madrid vs. Sevilla: 5 takeaways from a painful 2-2 draw

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Eder Militao
Real Madrid, Eder Militao (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Eder Militao was unlucky

The main talking point from this 2-2 draw is the penalty, no doubt. Many Real Madrid fans are upset that Eder Militao was called for a handball, and there are four crucial reasons why, even though the ball did clearly hit the center back’s hand.

  1. Diego Carlos had a handball that was not called for a penalty since his back was turned
  2. When Real Madrid played Atletico Madrid earlier in 2021, Atleti did not get called for a penalty in the same exact situation.
  3. Most dishearteningly, Real would have had a penalty at the other hand after Bono brought down Karim Benzema on a clear breakaway.
  4. Some argued that the ball touched Diego Carlos or even Militao’s back before his hand.

It is important for Madridistas to take Luka Modric’s lead in the post-match press conference. Do not make it too much about the refs. If you disagree with the call and would like to voice your displeasure, that is your right. But you cannot make claims of conspiracies or act as if Real Madrid played perfectly, otherwise, you are headed to Barcelona, Gerard Pique, and Ronald Koeman territory. Because based on the way the rules are written, this is a handball. The issue is Madridistas feel it has gone against them thrice this year. They want consistency.

Now to Militao. He played a great game. Aside from this unlucky handball, he was brilliant defensively and made a couple of very decisive interventions. He deserves to be praised for more great defensive work.

And thankfully, 99.999% of Madridistas understand this.