Real Madrid youngster Rodrygo will miss El Clasico after red card for celebrating in goalkeeper’s face for B-Team Castilla… plunging Zinedine Zidane into selection crisis after Eden Hazard injury
- Rodrygo will be suspended for this Sunday’s Clasico against Barcelona
- Brazilian forward sent off after goading an opposition keeper in B team game
- 19-year-old scored a fine solo goal to secure Castilla team victory over SS Reyes
- He was confronted by the keeper and began to celebrate to his face
- Referee showed Rodrygo a second yellow card and he is now suspended
- It limits Zinedine Zidane’s options after Eden Hazard suffered ankle injury
Real Madrid youngster Rodrygo will be suspended for Sunday’s Clasico with Barcelona after being sent off for goading an opposition goalkeeper following a goal for Real’s B team.
It comes as an additional frustration for Zinedine Zidane, who is light on attacking options for the top-of-the-table clash after Eden Hazard’s injury.
Brazilian Rodrygo scored an impressive solo goal for Real’s Castilla team in a third tier fixture against SS Reyes, finishing with a cheeky dink beyond the goalkeeper.
Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Rodrygo will be suspended for Sunday’s Clasico with Barcelona after being sent off for goading a goalkeeper after scoring for their B team
Rodrygo scored Castilla’s late second goal in a 2-0 win over SS Reyes with an individual effort
He didn’t celebrate until confronted by the keeper, then began to goad him to his face
The Reyes keeper didn’t take kindly to it and confronted Rodrygo as he casually walked back onto the pitch.
At that point, the 19-year-old started celebrating right in the keeper’s face, earning himself a second yellow card and a dismissal. The keeper wasn’t punished for his provocation.
It means he will be suspended for first-team matches as well, ending any possibility of Zidane calling him into his depleted squad for the Barcelona clash.
Such a possibility appeared unlikely anyway given that Rodrygo hasn’t been in Zidane’s squad for their last four LaLiga fixtures.
Rodrygo was shown a second yellow and a red card and will be suspended for domestic games
It means that first team manager Zinedine Zidane can’t pick him for the Barcelona game
19-year-old Rodrygo has featured in a number of first team matches for Real this season
But his actions will come as an irritation with Real in need of all potential options as they try and overturn Barcelona’s two-point lead at the top of the table.
It came after Zidane met with Rodrygo on Friday to reassure him he remained part of his plans despite his return to the Castilla team.
Rodrygo has started eight LaLiga and three Champions League matches this season, scoring seven first team goals.
He remains eligible to replace Hazard, who is set to miss the next three to four months with a fractured ankle, for Real’s midweek Champions League match against Manchester City.
Eden Hazard could miss the remainder of the season after suffering a fractured ankle
Rodrygo’s suspension is an irritation for Zinedine Zidane as he selects his squad for the Clasico
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