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Villarreal 2-1 Leganés

The hand of Bakambu gives us three points.

Villarreal CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Fotopress/Getty Images

What goes around comes around. After some questionable losses due to refereeing decisions (Eibar, Real Madrid) Villarreal dominated Leganés today but needed an injury-time goal off Cedric Bakambu’s hand to pick up the three points.

The Submarine controlled play against the visitors but Sansone and Bakambu missed golden chances to put the Yellows ahead, before our Congolese striker slotted home in the 68th minute following a clever feed from Roberto Soldado.

Leganes continued to look dangerous from set pieces and aerial duels, and in the 90th minute they leveled the score, Iago Herrerin, the Leganés keeper, playing a hopeful ball forward that ended up at the feet of Guerrero.

All was not yet over, however. In the second minute of extra time, a cross from Jonathan dos Santos eluded the heads of both Mateo Musacchio and Cedric Bakambu, but not Bakambu’s hand. Referee Jaime Latre did not see it, neither did his assistant. And since there are no monitors and no video review, the goal stood, in spite of the protests of the visitors.

It’s not a win we can take much joy in, since the handball was blatantly obvious and we struggled to break down the Leganés 5-4-1 for most of the match.