Former La Liga referee Andujar Oliver feels Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas was lucky to not be sent off for taking out Darko Brasanac with a poor challenge during his team’s 2-1 win over Real Betis.
The incident happened midway through the first-half when the Costa Rica custodian came charging out of his box to intercept a long pass. However, he completely missed the ball and upended the Betis midfielder.
Navas was Madrid’s last man and should have received a red card for his mistake but referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz somehow waved play on and decided against booking the goalie. A couple of minutes later, the Madrid man was in for an even worse moment when he mistakenly helped Tonny Sanabria’s timid shot find the back of the net. But the referee’s decision to not give Navas a straight red cost Betis dear as he went on to make an important last minute save to help Los Blancos beat Betis 2-1.
Speaking to MARCA Radio, Oliver called the referee’s decision a ‘poor one’.
“Brasanac is onside and the goalkeeper’s challenge deserves a red card,” said Oliver. “Mateu Lahoz’s decision is a poor one.”
The former official also felt that lahoz should have awarded Betis a penalty for Dani Carvajal’s challenge on Antonio Sanabria after 39 minutes.
“It is a penalty as the Real defender illegally barges his opponent out the way but Mateu does not give anything,” Oliver noted.
Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane’s men have now taken a two-point lead at the top with a game in hand. After Navas’ mistake helped the visitors to take the lead in the 24th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the equaliser for the hosts in the 41st minute before Sergio Ramos headed the winner late into the second-half to help his team take all the three points.