Real Madrid narrowly escaped a surprising defeat at home, clinching a dramatic 3-2 victory in the closing moments against La Liga’s last-placed team, Almeria. The match was marked by several contentious refereeing decisions that favored Carlo Ancelotti’s team. Real Madrid was granted a debatable penalty, and an equalizing goal was allowed despite suspicions of a handball. Additionally, Almeria saw one of their goals disallowed under controversial circumstances.
Almeria’s third goal, scored by former Real Madrid academy player Sergio Arribas, was controversially disallowed due to an alleged foul during the buildup. Soon after, Real Madrid equalized in a contentious manner. Vinicius Jr appeared to use his arm to direct an Aurelien Tchouameni cross into the net. Despite this, the goal stood after VAR consultation.
The game’s climax saw Real Madrid securing the win in stoppage time. Jude Bellingham played a pivotal role, setting up Dani Carvajal with a precise header that led to the decisive goal. This late triumph sparked jubilation at the Bernabeu and propelled Ancelotti’s squad to a temporary two-point lead at the top of the La Liga table.
A player assessment by GOAL followed, detailing the performance of Real Madrid’s team in this nail-biting encounter.