La Liga, Real: equal to Valencia amid protests

In Valencia the final whistle arrived while the midfielder (later sent off) headed the potentially winning goal: and it was a brawl on the pitch. Ancelotti at the end of the match: “Never seen anything like it”

From our correspondent Filippo Maria Ricci

March 2, 2024 (changed at 11.59pm) – MADRID (SPAIN)

Continuous tension and an ending that will produce more in the coming days. Valencia-Real Madrid ended 2-2 but it won’t end this evening, because in the 99th minute Gil Manzano, referee of the match, did not validate Bellingham’s goal to make it 3-2 by blowing the final whistle while Brahim put the ball on his teammate’s head. It was a corner action by Madrid and the referee had warned that he would blow the whistle immediately, but then Gil Manzano put the whistle to his mouth but let the player play a few more seconds, only to then pull down the curtain while Madrid scored a 3-point goal. The referee made life difficult for himself, and infuriated Madrid, with Bellingham sent off. Ancelotti is sleeping at +7 on Girona and at +9 on Barcelona, ​​playing tomorrow in Mallorca and Bilbao.

tension and hissing

Match preceded by an eve full of tension for the return of Vinicius to Mestalla: last May 21st the match ended with incredible controversy due to episodes of racism against the Brazilian striker of Madrid, scenes which led to the opening of a trial criminal case, still pending. Vinicius was welcomed with placards that defined him as ‘Pinochus’ for his statements on that afternoon in May and was then booed and subjected to various mocking chants.

double mistake

Ancelotti chooses Tchouameni and not Nacho as Rudiger’s partner in the middle of the defense, and welcomes the return of Bellingham, absent since 10 February. Vinicius was a negative protagonist in the 27th minute: he lost the ball in his area following the pressing of Foulqier who fed Fran Perez who shot with a twist and the ball ended up on the head of Hugo Duro, who beat Lunin. Madrid dazed and suicidal again. Time 3 minutes and Carvajal unfortunately launches Yaremchuk, who discards his compatriot Lunin and deposits the ball in the empty net.


Madrid injured but able to react in the fifth of the 5 minutes of injury time: Valverde’s cut for Carvajal, cross fouled by Javi Guerra and Rodrygo and put into the net by Vinicius, who thus takes his revenge a moment before the break and celebrates by raising his clenched fist in front of the curve who had insulted him in a racist way a few months ago.

vinicius again

The second half played under a storm of rain and wind quickly led to two great saves: Mamardashvili on Bellingham and Lunin on Diego Lopez, who had just come on for Yaremchuk. And in the 77th minute Vinicius equalised, heading an assist from Brahim who came on for Rodrygo. Madrid believed in it, the match remained open and was conditioned by Diakhaby’s terrible injury. Then a penalty given and taken away by Valencia for a foul by Nacho on Hugo Duro that wasn’t there, and then the incredible final. Which will leave open this game already full of controversy.


At the end of the match Ancelotti showed amazement and disbelief: “What can I say, there’s not much to say. This has never happened to me before, it’s something new. After the goalkeeper’s rebound we had the ball, and for me it should have stopped the game when Valencia recovered it. If the goalkeeper blows the whistle when he returns it’s fine, but he let it continue and it was a mistake. Bellingham? He was sent off because he told the referee “It’s a fucking goal”, and it’s the truth, what we all think. It’s not an insult, absolutely, but let’s see what he writes in the scoresheet.”