Eden Hazard conjured up a moment of brilliance to score and score a penalty for his long-awaited first Champions League goal for Real Madrid, but a moment of madness will steal the headlines after Arturo Vidal gets confused.
Three years and three days after his last Champions League goal, $ 115 million playmaker Hazard scored his first competitive goal for the club he joined from Chelsea almost 18 months ago.
The Belgian magician reminded fans of the tricks that made him one of the most sought-after players in the world. He worked his way out of a tight position on the left in less than five minutes and then exchanged a slick. two before a foul by Nicolo Barella.
Hazard’s goal seemed to put Arturo Vidal’s composure in the spotlight ahead of an extraordinary loss of composure, forcing English referee Anthony Taylor as he was posted twice within seconds of a complete collapse in the penalty area.
Vidal with an absolute breakdown. Dives into the box in the 32nd minute. Yellow card for dissent. Squares up and bends the referee for the immediate second yellow. Minutes later still arguing on the field and having to negotiate between the players of both teams.
– Inconvenient Truth (@ ITruth98) November 25, 2020
Chilean winger Vidal, who joined the club just two months ago, was outraged after he was apparently booked to dive in front of the gate, leading the 33-year-old to furiously protest Taylor.
His reaction earned Vidal one of the fastest double bookings in history as he appeared to be getting closer to Taylor, becoming increasingly emotional, and holding his head in his hands after the fiery exchange.
“Vidal is one of the stupidest players I’ve ever seen,” one fan wrote when Madrid’s retiring protester stayed on the field for a few minutes, furiously arguing with the man in the middle and several players who tried to pull him away .
Vidal should retire after that, what a clown class
– sic (@realftmadrid) November 25, 2020
Arturo Vidal got a yellow for diving and a yellow for dissent in a few seconds, except that he clearly didn’t dive and it’s an obvious punishment. What is a nice stupid sport and moment.
– Ryan Rosenblatt, World Champion (@RyanRosenblatt) November 25, 2020
“The referee clearly indicates that VAR is checking this and he kept shouting at the referee.”
Taylor’s control of the penalty came to nothing when Vidal finally walked off the field and he will likely have to take further action to face the official, just as UEFA is giving fans more insight into the kind of challenges referees face can.
Vidal’s former teammate Lionel Messi is featured in a short film series. The striker is advised not to waste any more time during Barca’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool two seasons ago.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Vidal is the greatest idiot in football history.
– RMZZ (@RMBlancoZz) November 25, 2020
Arturo Vidal hadn’t liked Real Madrid for a long time and seemed a little unleashed in this first half. I just got a second yellow card for dissent. Inter one goal and up to 10 men before the end of the first half.
– Matteo Bonetti (@BonettiESPN) November 25, 2020
The embarrassed Vidal now has the shame of being sent off for three different clubs in the Champions League after losing his head at Barca and the current defending champion Bayern Munich.
Joining former world champion Patrick Vieira and Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic as one of only three players to accomplish the undesirable feat, he appeared to be sitting on the ground thinking about his actions even after leaving the field.
Madrid didn’t seem unduly concerned by Vidal’s dismissal. He scored again in the second half to secure a decisive victory that left them second in the group and with their knockout spots in their hands.
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