Sergio Ramos is named ‘Master of Dark Arts’ for what he did against Ajax during the 89th minute.
Where there is Sergio Ramos, there will be shithorsery. The Spanish International was involved in a grapple with Kasper Dolberg during the 89th minute against Ajax in the first leg of Champions League Round of 16.
Real Madrid continued their fine fettle with a 2-1 win over Ajax at Johan Cryuff Arena on Wednesday. But, the game was full of controversy when a goal was overturned by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) during the first half and Lucas Vazquez’s push on Frenkie De Jong went unnoticed despite the referee being close to the incident.
Despite these two moments, another moment of brilliance from Sergio Ramos was brought into the spotlight. The Los Blancos skipper decided to grapple with Kasper Dolberg to receive a yellow knowingly.
Oh look. Real Madrid are probably going through now so Sergio Ramos makes sure to get that booking that rules him out of the second leg and clears his yellow card book.
— Euan McTear (@emctear) February 13, 2019
’87: Asensio puts Real ahead
’89: Sergio Ramos yellow, will miss second leg
“That is very obvious that he was looking to get booked there.”
Master of the Dark Arts? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/X6bfp6lKsb
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 13, 2019
It is not the fact that the Real Madrid defender will miss the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu, but he will enter the next round with nil bookings. He decided to take a gamble despite not sealing the Quarterfinals qualification yet.
Sergio Ramos took the yellow card on purpose so as to miss the next match and be ban free going into the next round. This is after Madrid MUST have finished off Ajax in Spain
— Mr ‘Jide Olusola (@Jide_Olusola) February 13, 2019
— Philip C7 (@phiil7) February 13, 2019
Sergio Ramos, the ultimate shithouse, needs a yellow card to sit out the 2nd leg an get himself clear for the quarters, 90th minute, flattens Dolberg an gets his yellow card
— Macca (@Macca26efc) February 13, 2019
Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid go 2-1 up with a smash and grab and, 30 seconds later with a home tie they should win, Ramos commits the most blatant foul you could imagine to get the yellow card that means he’s free for the quarter-finals. If there’s a boundary to push, he’ll do it.
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) February 13, 2019
Sergio Ramos deliberately getting himself a suspension for the 2nd leg so he’s free for the Quarter Finals. Master of the dark arts or the undisputed king of shithousery? #AJARMA
— Len (@LenM4) February 13, 2019
Speaking to El Chiringuito TV after the game, Ramos said that he does not underestimate Ajax side, but he decided to take a gamble by bringing down Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg.
“Not to underestimate the opponent, but sometimes you have to take these decisions and that’s what I decided,”
The second leg will take place at Santiago Bernabeu on March 5th as the Los Blancos eye yet another qualification to the last eight of the competition.