Xavi believed his Brazilian winger should have earned a penalty in second-half stoppage time against Rayo Vallecano.
In the second half of the stoppage time, Barcelona‘s appeal for a penalty was rejected when Raphinha fell inside the box. Although there seemed to be contact with a Rayo defender, VAR did not step in to reverse the decision.
In a post-match press conference, Xavi questioned the referee’s decision not to award his team what could have been a decisive penalty against Rayo Vallecano: “Then I’m told I’m looking for excuses, but the foul on Raphinha is a clear penalty. It happened to us in Getafe, in Granada and today. We lost because we weren’t good in the first half, and that’s no excuse, but it’s a clear penalty.”
The pivotal moment occurred following a late surge from Xavi’s team, who generated several opportunities in the final minutes after a lackluster start to the game. The draw positions them three points behind the top, and this gap could potentially widen to six points by Monday evening.
The Blaugrana will play on Tuesday, facing Porto in a crucial match that could significantly impact their chances of advancing from the Champions League group stage for the first time in three years.