Santiago Solari in the dark about VAR after Real Madrid penalty controversy

Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla celebrating scoring his second against Real Madrid on Thursday. The former Arsenal player's two goals salvaged a draw for struggling Villarreal

Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla celebrating scoring his second against Real Madrid on Thursday. The former Arsenal player's two goals salvaged a draw for struggling Villarreal

Bale, who was sidelined with a minor calf injury, was spotted speeding away from the ground with his team 1-0 down and attempting a late rally. With Madrid slipping to their sixth LaLiga loss of the season, Bale was pictured driving away from the stadium with more than 10 minutes to go in the game.

Although Bale starred at the Club World Cup with a hat-trick in the semi-final against Kashima Antlers, his La Liga form has been mixed.

Real Madrid forward Bale has endured a hard season at the Bernabeu so far, scoring just four La Liga goals so far.

Real Madrid last won the Copa del Rey in 2014.

Real are fifth on 30 points after 18 games and the loss nearly certainly ended their hopes of catching LaLiga leaders Barcelona, who won 2-1 at Getafe later and are 10 points ahead.

And the under-pressure coach again hit out at the use of VAR ahead of Leganes' visit for the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari on Tuesday called for the video assistant referee rules to be made clearer after admitting he has no idea how the system works following penalty controversy at the weekend.

Isco has started just five La Liga games all season and it's clear that Solari isn't his biggest fan.

"It happens to me as a spectator too". They will flawless it.

"They will flawless it", he said, adding that he was not complaining about the VAR, but the club was "defending ourselves, which is our right".

Solari said there was a chance new signing Brahim Diaz could play against Leganes but it would depend upon whether he was registered on time after completing a 15-million-pound ($19.10 million) transfer from Manchester City on Sunday.

The loss led to inevitable questions over the future of manager Santiago Solari, but he received the backing of Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric, who said that it was up to the players to improve their performances - and to stop conceding early goals.

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