Referee Jose Luis Munuera Montero chose not to point to the spot, as Eibar appealed Sergio Ramos’ handball in the 82nd minute.
Sergio Ramos also thought it was a penalty
Jose Luis Mendilibar was disappointed that his side was not awarded a penalty during the second half of their defeat to Real Madrid. Referee Jose Luis Munuera Montero chose not to point to the spot, as Eibar appealed Sergio Ramos’ handball in the 82nd minute. “The ball hit him, and it looked like a penalty to me,” Mendilibar said afterwards. “Ramos also thought it was a penalty because that’s what he said to the other players. I’d like you to say what you think. In other cases, they look at all camera angles for two to three minutes. Today they made their decision in 20 seconds and did not even go to look at it. I don’t know what the VAR would have said to the referee. Is it clear that it wasn’t a penalty from what he saw?”
“These things happen with handball. No one is sure what a penalty is or not. Even the referees are sure.” Despite the apparent disappointment of the penalty claim and defeat, the Eibar boss was pleased with the spirit of his team against Real Madrid. “They were much better than us to start with and it seemed like everything was lost for us,” Mendilibar admitted. “I thought about the changes so that they would not humiliate us. Today we saw that the players believe in what we ask of them. We kept pushing high, and as soon as we started getting the ball from them in the opposing half, we felt better. We had a great game against a perfect Madrid side, and that’s something to be happy about.”