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But three interventions went in the direction of the champions after the interval, leading to Madrid’s draw level as Betis sent off defender Emerson and the visitors winning a late penalty which Sergio Ramos converted to win the game.
“When you face Real Madrid and VAR, it’s too much,” Pellegrini said at a press conference.“We were much better than Real Madrid in the first half, we scored two goals and had three chances. The second half was more even, then there was the red card, the penalty and playing so long with a man down was hard.
“When you play against Real Madrid and you concede a penalty and you get a man sent off because of VAR, it’s very difficult. But I appreciate the quality of our game when we were 11 against 11. ”
Pellegrini, who coached Real Madrid in the 2009/10 campaign, led Betis to two wins in their opening two games of the season and was still happy with his side’s performance despite the manner of defeat.
“What’s good is that I’m more confident than ever that we’re on the right track. When we both had 11 players on the pitch, we were much better than Real Madrid, ”he added.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane got tired of the constant referee talk during last season’s title win and clearly was unwilling to intervene in Saturday’s debate.
“There is a referee and it’s his job to review the games. I think what happened today was right, ”Zidane said.
“The referee is in charge, I never get involved with the referees and I’m not going to do that today. The most important thing is how we played, and we gave everything on very difficult terrain.
“We are happy, satisfied with the work that we have done, we have worked our socks and obtained three important points. “