There were still thirteen minutes and three more games to go but inside Valdebebas it felt like the entire season was all coming down to this one decision, the fate of four teams in the hands of a single man. The night after Barcelona and Atlético Madrid had drawn 0-0, leaving Real Madrid in control of their own destiny, it was 1-1 between Zinedine Zidane’s side and Sevilla and there was a penalty at one end and a penalty at the other. Standing at the VAR screen, it was down to Juan Martínez Munuera to decide which to give.
As Eder Militao had leapt to clear a Sevilla corner, the ball had struck his outstretched arm. There had been shouts but the referee had not seen it and suddenly Madrid were breaking through the pitch, wide space opening before them. Karim Benzema went round Yassine Bono, and was brought down. Racing up behind, Munuera pointed to the spot and a huge, relieved cheer went up from the stands. It had been a difficult night for Madrid but it seemed that at the end of a season of survival they were going to find a way again, clinching a victory that would take them top.
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