Three months after last season’s Champions League final, Atletico and Real Madrid faced off again on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa.
In the second half, new Atletico striker and former Bayern Munich man Mario Mandzukic reintroduced himself to Sergio Ramos, charging at and landing on top of the defender after a duel in the air.
None too pleased, Ramos retaliated whilst on the ground with a clean punch to Mandzukic’s jaw, a perfectly reasonable response in MMA fighting, not so much in a football match.
We’ll see if there will be any repercussions for Ramos in the next few days. We reckon that’s worthy of just a bit more than a yellow card.
You would be forgiven if you didn’t catch New Zealand’s World Cup qualifier against New Caledonia, but you have to see this: the All Whites’ Shane Smeltz was kicked in the face while looking to get in position for the potential game-winning goal. It was a grizzly injury, and no question a high studs-up challenge. Amazingly, no foul (and penalty) was given!!!