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Football can be so cruel –

July 20, 2020

Leganes vs Real Madrid Leganes go down after spirited performance

Football can be so cruel

Leganescame so close to surviving inLaLiga Santander, but football and VAR were so cruel on them.

WithCelta Vigodrawing atEspanyol,Javier Aguirre‘s side knew a win overReal MadridatButarquewould see them stay up.

However, with the score level at 2-2 in the closing minutes,Los Pepineroswere denied a penalty with VAR deciding not penaliseLuka Jovicfor handball.

Leganeswill play inLaLiga SmartBanknext season.

It’s been a constant battle for the southern Madrid club, who have lost the likes ofYoussef En-NesyriandMartin Braithwaiteand not been able to replace them.

This latest blow, this time at the hands of VAR atButarque, means they drop out of Spain’s top flight.

Marco Asensio‘s return to action has been great news forReal Madridin recent weeks.

The Spaniard nettedLos Blancos‘ second goal on the night with a composed finish pastIvan Cuellarat his near post.

Sergio Ramosscored his 11th goal of the season inLaLiga Santander– that’s the single-season total of any defender in the Spanish top division this century.

The centre-back’s opener was his sixth strike since the break in the season, which is the same amount asLionel Messi.

Alphonse Areolahas almost certainly played his final game forReal Madrid.

The Frenchman deputised forThibaut Courtoisin goal as he made his ninth appearance during his loan fromParis Saint-Germain.

The stoppages in the first half betweenLevanteandGetafeforced all the other matches to delay the start of their second halves.

The break atButarquelasted more than 20 minutes, withReal Madridstaying in the dressing room andLeganes, who weren’t told, came back on to the pitch.