Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti complained publicly more than once in the minutes following the Clásico about his team's loss at Camp Nou to Barcelona (2-1) after Marco Asensio's goal was ruled out for offside.

In his post-match press conference, the Italian coach said: "We are sad, pained, but proud of the game we played. The game was complete from the first minute to the last minute. We didn't win it because of offside we still have doubts about him and we will return to Madrid with those doubts."

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The VAR intervened to inform the referee that the goal – which put the Merengue ahead against the Blaugrana in the 80th minute of the match – was offside and should be cancelled.

While a section of the press in Madrid and Real Madrid television sided with Ancelotti's argument, this narrative was not generally shared by the international media that dealt with the incident.

German Bild: Ancelotti's anger is unfounded

"What happened? In the 80th minute, Real Madrid striker Marco Asensio scored after a coordinated attack gave the Spanish capital a 2-1 lead, but VAR ruled out the goal. The Spaniard was offside which was confirmed by the mouse technique. In the end, the referee's decision is correct. The goal is illegal and therefore Ancelotti's anger is baseless. "Great Clasico. The riyal is angry. The championship is almost in Barcelona's pocket. A perfect evening for Barcelona".

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L'Equipe of France: Illegal target

"FC Barcelona took a big step this Sunday in winning LaLiga." Barcelona did not deserve to lose a match in which they had far more chances than their rivals. However, it took moments of spherical suspense, because 10 minutes before Kessé's goal, Marco Asensio scored the winning goal for Carlo Ancelotti's team, but the goal was canceled because it was illegitimate.

Clarín (Argentina): "I was one shoulder ahead." VAR saved Barcelona after Asensio goal

"Ancelotti's substitutions paid off and Real Madrid scored the Merengue goal through Asensio after a pass from Dani Carvajal, but VAR reviewed the goal and proved that Asensio was one shoulder ahead."

📹 Asensio's goal cancelled for offside ❌ #برشلونة_ريال_مدريد #برشلونة #ريال_مدريد #الكلاسيكو #La Liga

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Italian La Gazzetta:

The mouse technique canceled Asensio's goal after the technique showed that Asensio was millimeters offside.

Italian Tuttosport: the goal is offside

"The offside goal led to a verbal clash between Xavi and Ancelotti. Carlo returned to a defeated Real Madrid but with many doubts about a goal cancelled out from the deserter. Real Madrid were under the illusion that they had taken the lead but VAR ruled out Asensio's goal for offside."

BBC (England): Real missed late goal ruled out for offside

"Marco Asensio's late goal was ruled out for offside before Kessé scored the winner in stoppage time."