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There's a familiar sight.
That's No. 18, Sergio Ramos, and conduct unbecoming of a captain.
Aggression and a lack of discipline on the pitch isn't the kind of legacy one wants to leave behind. But after his club-record 18th dismissal, that is the remembrance facing the 27-year-old defender.
He did little to refute that premise on Saturday.
A petulant outburst following a foul earned Ramos his first bookable offense in the 32nd minute. Though given the harsh nature of the whistle, one can see why the captain was visibly upset. Nonetheless—with a little less than an hour to play—he now found himself one mistake away from a second dismissal in 17 days.
That moment came in the 44th minute after a floating forearm landed squarely in the face of Osasuna's Roberto Torres.
Madrid faced a 2-0 deficit at the time.
Now, it must be pointed out that Torres clearly made the most of the altercation. A grazing arm doesn't require one to cross the great divide and act as if he's been struck down from the heavens.
But that still doesn't absolve Ramos of any wrongdoing.
A chippy affair—one that finished with 21 total fouls—left Ramos with little room for error. Referee Carlos Clos Gomez needed to assert his authority and regain control of the match. A man of Ramos' ilk should be aware of that fact. Not to mention, be aware of the first yellow and reputation he carries. Especially with his club down two goals.
Clearly, he wasn't aware enough.
Ramos' lack of composure did Madrid no favors moving forward, either.
Thanks to his sending off, Carlo Ancelotti must weigh the defensive alternatives ahead of next week's visit to Valencia.
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