Real Madrid are set to challenge the red card Sergio Ramos received in Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City .
Ramos was sent off in the 86th minute of Madrid’s Champions League last-16 setback, receiving a straight red for tripping Gabriel Jesus as the City striker raced through on goal.
His dismissal compiled Zinedine Zidane’s misery on the night, with late goals from Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne swinging the game in the visitors’ favour.
It means Madrid now have to score twice to progress to the quarter-finals when they visit the Etihad for the second leg on March 17.
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They may be without captain Ramos, nevertheless, who is due a one-match UEFA suspension because of his late red card.
But according to Cadena SER , Zidane and co will appeal the Spaniard’s sending off ahead of that crucial decider in Manchester next month.
The 13-time winners looked to be in the driving seat when Isco initially fired them in front on the hour mark.
Their lead didn’t last too long, however, with Thibaut Courtois failing to keep out Jesus’ header eight minutes later.
And things went from bad to worse for the Spanish giants when Dani Carvajal brought down substitute Raheem Sterling in the box with seven minutes remaining.
Referee Daniele Orsato pointed to the spot and De Bruyne swept the ball past Belgium team-mate Courtois to snatch a crucial victory for City.
Ramos was then given his marching orders by Orsato three minutes later for tripping Jesus as the last man in defence for Madrid.
“I’m not happy that we play well and with ten minutes left we change, and we make errors which hurt us,” Zidane said after the defeat.
“We needed 90 minutes of total concentration – especially against a team like City.
“We know that there’s half this tie left and now it’s simple – we have to go to City and win.”
Zidane is now facing his first ever defeat over two legs in the Champions League, having won the competition in each of his three previous full seasons as Madrid boss.
Next up for them is the small matter of El Clasico, with Barcelona due to visit the Bernabeu in La Liga on Sunday.