Ronald Koeman has lamented the decision that saw Real Madrid given a penalty in the second half of Saturday's Clasico at the Camp Nou. After watching the incident back on the pitchside VAR monitor, referee Juan Martinez Munuera adjudged Clement Lenglet to have fouled Sergio Ramos.
Koeman was one of those to express his disapproval of the decision, which allowed Ramos to restore Real Madrid's advantage around the hour mark. "We played well, created opportunities. In the second half, we were also good," Koeman said after the game. "It's difficult to understand, we didn't deserve to lose the game.
"I didn't understand some of the referee's decisions. The [penalty] decision influenced the end result a lot. Up until the penalty, we were doing well. "[The penalty] had a big influence. I don't understand VAR. I think there's only VAR when it's against Barcelona. This tugs always happen in the area.
"We're five games in [to the season] and we haven't benefited from [VAR] at all. The cards at Getafe... We didn't deserve to lose like this."I told [the referee] that, hopefully, someone can explain to me how VAR works in Spain. We're five games in and VAR has only come in against Barcelona. Never in favour.
"It wasn't a penalty on [Lionel] Messi against Sevilla, neither for the two reds against Getafe. I asked him why there's only VAR against Barcelona. "I haven't spoken to [Lenglet] about the incident. I think there's a foul from Ramos on Lenglet before. There's a tug, but not enough to throw yourself to the ground like that... If you get tugged like that, you have to fall forwards, not backwards.
"It's normal that Real Madrid players try to make the most of things because they get penalties. I don't have a problem with that. "The referee must decide, with VAR, if it is [a penalty or not]. I don't want to talk about it anymore, but it was a decisive moment in the game."