The official for Barcelona vs. Real Madrid has been appointed by the referee who sent Cristiano Ronaldo off in El Clasico

Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea has been appointed match official for Real Madrid vs. Barcelona’s March 19 La Liga matchup by the Spanish Football Federation. In the 2017 Supercopa de Espana against Barcelona, the Spanish referee famously sent then-Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo off the field.

At the moment, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the only two teams that could win La Liga in 2022-23. After 25 games, the Blaugrana are currently ahead of their closest rivals at the top of the La Liga table by nine points. The All-Whites face a crucial matchup as a win on Sunday would effectively put Real Madrid out of reach.

The team under Carlo Ancelotti would have preferred to have a familiar face officiate this weekend’s El Clasico, but that hasn’t happened. De Burgos Bengoetxea, the designated referee, has a questionable track record against Los Merengues.

In the first match of the 2017 Supercopa de Espana, de Burgos Bengoetxea strangely sent Cristiano Ronaldo off. For an alleged dive inside the Barcelona box, he issued the Portuguese superstar a second yellow card. Cristiano Ronaldo’s most memorable yellow, be that as it may, was a standard one, as he got it in the wake of removing his shirt while praising his objective.

In February, the Supercopa de Espana final between Real Madrid and Barcelona was also officiated by De Burgos Bengoetxea in Saudi Arabia. In that match, Xavi’s team prevailed easily, 3-1.

Karim Benzema, the captain of Real Madrid, discusses how he helped Eduardo Camavinga plan the match-winning goal against Liverpool:

On Wednesday night (March 15), in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 matchups, Real Madrid faced Liverpool.

Following various misses, Los Merengues broke the gridlock in the 78th moment, the kindness of a Karim Benzema tap-in. With a 6-2 aggregate victory, Carlo Ancelotti’s team advanced to the quarterfinals by winning the return leg 1-0.

Eduardo Camavinga was the one who played Benzema into space with a pass between Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate, two center-backs, for the goal. Under Van Dijk’s challenge, Madrid initially lost the ball, but Vinicius Junior received it and fed it back to Benzema, who scored.

Benzema said in a press conference after the game that he helped Camavinga find the opening. The Ballon d’Or winner from 2022 stated:

“I told Camavinga that the two Liverpool center-backs are very open,” I said.

“I gave him little details because I know that the two Liverpool center-backs play wide open and that there is a chance in the center, and we took advantage of it in the goal,” I said. We are pleased with him, despite the fact that he is a young player with a lot of talent.

In just 28 games, Benzema scored a goal, bringing his total for the season to 19. His definitive objective won him the Man of the Match grant on Wednesday.

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