Mourinho sees red as Madrid slip up again


Coach Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as nine-man Real Madrid let Barcelona back in the title race with a 1-1 draw at struggling Villarreal.

Marcos Senna’s 83rd-minute equaliser for the hosts prompted a violent response from Mourinho, who was ordered from the dugout by referee Paradas Romero. Minutes later, Sergio Ramos was dismissed for a second bookable offence and Mesut Ozil received a straight red card for dissent.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s superb strike in the 62nd minute of a bad-tempered affair gave a below-par Madrid the lead, but Senna’s 25-yard free-kick meant they were forced to settle for a point for the second time in four days. Santi Cazorla’s stoppage time equaliser – also from a free-kick – had given Malaga a share of the points at the Santiagio Bernabeu on Sunday.

The result at El Madrigal means Real Madrid’s lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga has been cut to six points. Los Blancos declined to speak to the Press after the game, but Villarreal Coach Miguel Angel Lotina, in charge of the struggling Yellow Submarine for the first time, refused to comment on the referee’s performance, preferring to concentrate on that of his team.

“For me today was very important in terms of our tactics, because we have barely had time to prepare for the game, and so I noticed very little about the referee,” said the former Deportivo la Coruna boss. “I’ve seen some good things and some things we need to improve on, especially with the ball. We deserved the draw and it is an important point for us.”

The draw keeps Villarreal points clear of the relegation zone, ahead of Racing Santander, who play Sevilla this evening.

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