Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has likely irritated Atletico Madrid fans by hinting the referee missed chances to award the home side penalties in the 2-2 derby clash on Sunday.
Ramos appeared to bring down Rojiblancos striker Diego Costa 10 minutes into the match, but referee Carlos Delgado did not award a spot kick to the home side, and the 27-year-old shrugged off the incident.
Atletico was denied two more penalty claims after the hour mark, with both Pepe and Alvaro Arbeloa escaping punishment following incidents with Costa, and Ramos argued that penalty denials are part of the game.
"There are many penalties which referees don't see," he told Gol Television after the match. "Sometimes they are right, and many other times they are wrong. That is football".
A Karim Benzema goal three minutes into the game gave Carlo Ancelotti's side the lead at the Vicente Calderon, but Koke brought things level just before the half-hour mark from inside the box.
Atletico captain Gabi then struck just before halftime to give his side the lead heading into the second half, before Cristiano Ronaldo's 82nd-minute equalizer ensured a point for the Blancos.
Ramos suggested Benzema's early goal contributed to a loss of urgency from Real, which eventually saw it concede twice before halftime.
"We probably relaxed after the first goal," the Spain international said. "The team came out with more intensity and aggressiveness in the second half. The game is 90 minutes long, and there are many phases."
Despite failing to pick up maximum points, the result ensures that Real remains at the summit of La Liga, three points ahead of Atletico.
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