Real Madrid hold the advantage in their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie against Girona after a 4-2 win in the first leg leg on Thursday.
Not for the first time this season, Los Blancos weren’t at their best. The score was 2-2 entering the 77th minute.
But late goals from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema ensured Real will take a two-goal advantage into the return fixture, which will take place on January 31.
Santiago Solari’s side had to come from behind after Anthony Lozano had given Girona an early lead.
Lucas Vazquez quickly restored parity and Ramos put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute.
The Spanish centre-back was given the chance to score from 12 yards after Vinicius Jr. was fouled inside the box.
Ramos stepped up and he beat Gorka Iraizoz to make it 2-1.
Ramos went against his word
Yet the Real captain may have gone back on his word in the manner of his penalty.
Ramos scored with a Panenka penalty, chipping the ball straight down the middle.
Yet Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez claimed in November, days after Ramos scored with a Panenka in a 4-2 win against Celta Vigo, that the 32-year-old vowed not to take another Panenka for the rest of the season.
"Taking the penalties like that is not a lack of respect," Lopez said to El Larguero, per Marca.
"I told him he's taken two in a row and that the third one was going to be more difficult, and he replied that he's not going to take another like that for the whole season.”
So, what was that penalty against Girona all about Sergio?
Perhaps it was all a ploy; opposing goalkeepers would hear that Ramos apparently didn’t plan to take another Panenka, so they wouldn’t expect it.
If that’s the case, it’s really clever.
"Taking a penalty in this manner is a way of expressing my individuality and the good moment I'm living through," Ramos said after his latest audacious effort, per Marca.
"I'm in a very comfortable personal moment right now.
"These penalties keep coming, but I can't get used to taking them in this way, I'll have to put it to one side."
He’s right there. There’s every chance of it blowing up in his face if he isn’t careful.News Now - Sport News