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Celta Vigo v Real Madrid

Modric sent off for stamp on Denis Suárez

The Real Madrid player was sent off after referee Estrada reviewed the foul on Denis Suárez.

Modric sent off for stamp on Denis Suárez

Luka Modric was sent off for a stamp on Denis Suárez's heel in the 55th minute of Real Madrid's visit to Celta Vigo this Saturday afternoon.

Modric brought down Suárez

Modric brought down Denis Suárez who was attacking down the left touchline, with referee Estrada Fernández reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor presumably after being alerted to the possible seriousness of the foul by the VAR. Having reviewed the action, Estrada gave Modric a straight red card.

RC Celta de Vigo v Real Madrid CF - La LigaVIGO, SPAIN - AUGUST 17: Estrada Fernandez the referee shows a red card for Luka Modric of Real Madrid during the Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid CF at Abanca-Balaídos on August 17, 2019 in Vigo, Spain. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

That's Modric's first red card in LaLiga and only his second as a Real Madrid player, having received his marching orders in August 2014 against Atlético Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

Zero tolerance

AS' resident ref Eduardo Iturralde said of the sending off: "This year the referees have been strongly warned about how dangerous these kind of tackles from behind on the achilles are. They've been told to take a zero tolerance stance on these kind of challenges. That said, for me it's a bit of bad luck the challenge from Modric, who isn't looking to foul, but it's a challenge where you take an unnecessary risk which can end up being dangerous."

Kroos doubled Real Madrid's advantage

Real Madrid were leading 1-0 at that point and Celta nearly levelled from the resulting free-kick, Courtois turning over a point blank header, but despite their numerical disadvantage it was Real Madrid who scored next; Kroos hitting a superb effort from out onto the left in off the cross bar right in the top corner of Blanco's goal.

Lucas Vázquez made it 3-0 for Real Madrid in the 79th minute.