So the referee blew his whistle for a foul, but apparently didn't indicate to decide the reset at his whistle. But he also didn't not indicate to decide when the reset was to occur, which seems to leave Sevilla waiting for a decision and then unable to defend any sort of set play whatsoever.
I've never understood how this can happen when it seems every other time, the referee takes forever to allow the restart to happen. It can't simply just be at the attacking team's whim, that seems incredibly disorderly.
Believe it or not, the LOTG place no restriction on taking a quick free kick unless it meets certain constraints. The referee can always indicate that he is going to want a ceremonial restart, but he is not required to if none of the conditions are met (injury, booking, has to talk to a player, etc.).
I do think the laws need some clarity here, but based on how they are written now this is a perfectly legitimate goal.
until the referee threatens them with a yellow card. The interpretation of the laws brings certain dark arts into the game.
I would call this the 'Right of the Weak'. I realize Madrid is neck-and-neck down to the wire and that Sevilla wasn't a guaranteed 3 points, but this seems beneath a title contender.
If it were Granada or Leganes taking that restart, OK fine. But Madrid should really be more gentlemanly than that.
Why? The injured player was still on the ground. The ball was not in play. The referee should have indicated a ceremonial restart and asked for attention for the injured player. This wasn't bang-bang - there was quite a bit of time between the whistle and the restart.
On a side note, I didn't keep watching but I assume the 'injured' player was just fine.
You don't even get a warning for preventing a quick free kick by standing in front of the ball. It's an immediate caution and then a hard restart. I actually did this to a kid a couple weeks ago.
'But he didn't ask for ten!' Doesn't need to, buddy.
shooting the game did not notice Nacho sneak in and launch a shot. The ref was pretty clear with the whistle and the ball mark but I believe even the Real players were confused. At this stage in the year, and given what is at stake for Real, I will take it.
BTW, Ronaldo's second goal was a work of art. Aleft footed rocket that fit into an area slightly bigger than the ball itself. The man is on a tear. Let's see how it all holds up in Cardiff. My money is on Juve. I think they are too balanced for Real to win the game but who knows. In 90 minutes, with no return leg, anyone can win a game.