Romanian referee Hategan was very kind to Porto. Luis Díaz and Zaidu saw yellow paths for two very tough innings on Giménez (17 ') and Koke (21'), but they could well have been red because they were actions that can do a lot of damage. According to Iturralde analyzes, both players should have been sent off, especially the second.
On the first card, Giménez came out from behind and Luis Díaz stepped on him from behind. “It is a stomp very high on the twin and without the possibility of contesting the ball. It's a red for serious foul play “, comments Iturralde, referee of AS and Carrusel Deportivo. Very shortly after, near the right wing, it was full-back Zaidu who hit Koke's knee.
“This is red, no, very red. It goes with the heels in front to the knee. The VAR does not call him because, according to the referee's criteria, he does not hit him but scratches him, a criterion that I do not share at any time “, analyzes Itu. Fortunately, despite the initial pain, both rojiblancos players were able to continue.
Minutes later, in the 27th, it was Atlético who came out well off due to a referee error. Zaidu was launched towards Oblak, Kondogbia ran after him and dived into the area to cover his shot. “It is a penalty for the knockdown of Kondogbia, that at no time touches the ball and with his body due to inertia when he throws himself, he ends up knocking him down, “according to Iturralde. The VAR checked him, but did not consider calling Hategan to see him again.
In the 79th minute came another lucky move for Atlético. A misunderstanding between Kondogbia and Oblak led to Taremi's goal. Luckily for the rojiblancos, the forward touched the ball with his hand at the last moment, when he had already fallen, and that served to cancel it from the VAR. Already in the addition, Mbemba was well expelled for knocking down Griezmann when he went against the goalkeeper.