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Cristiano Ronaldo red card 'too much' in Real Madrid win vs. Barca - Zidane

Cristiano Ronaldo red card 'too much' in Real Madrid win vs. Barca - Zidane
From ESPN - August 13, 2017

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Cristiano Ronaldo's sending off was "too much" and suggested the club will appeal the decision, when speaking after Sunday's drama-filled 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first-leg win at Barcelona.

Ronaldo's 24 minutes as a substitute saw him score a superb lead goal for his team, be booked for removing his jersey during the celebration, and then quickly pick up a second yellow after referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea ruled the Portugal star had dived to try and win a penalty.

That was just one major talking point on a night which also saw Gerard Pique's own goal put Madrid ahead, Lionel Messi pull Barca level with a controversial penalty won by Luis Suarez, and Madrid starlet Marco Asensio score an absolute screamer to put his side fully in control ahead of Wednesday's second leg at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo is likely to face extra punishment after pushing De Burgos Bengoetxea as he reacted angrily to the second yellow card, but speaking at the postgame news conference Zidane suggested Madrid would appeal to the authorities to get the second booking overturned.

"I am not getting into it about the referee," Zidane said. "We played a great game. I could be annoyed maybe by Ronaldo's red card. Perhaps it is not a penalty, but the [second yellow] card is a bit too much. We cannot change that now, although we will try and get him with us on Wednesday."

The French manager said he was proud of the effort put in by his side, who were able to increase their advantage even when a man down. However he cautioned that the trophy was not secured yet.

"I am very proud of the players," Zidane said. "Also with 10 they did very well, fought hard, believed in the win until the end. We must thank the players for that. I am happy, but this is not over yet. We must play on Wednesday. We must enjoy today as it is a day to enjoy, but tomorrow think about the second leg."

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