Whilst it was Karim Benzema's incredible backheel and Toni Kroos' excellent free kick that earned all three points for Real Madrid on Saturday night, Casemiro was even more important, as Barcelona pressured in the second half.
The midfielder won the most fouls and made the most interceptions and tackles, denying the visitors several attacking opportunities as they went hunting for goals.
He was sent off at the start of injury time for two yellow cards within a minute of each other, and the 29-year-old's reaction when walking off was certainly enjoyed by fans of Zinedine Zidane's team.
Casemiro went off laughing in Koeman's face una my goat pic.twitter.com/934nhysh8C- ˢ (@JustHerelnnit) April 10, 2021
Casemiro was literally laughing when he got sent off:sob::sob::sob::fire:- Vedant ' (@benzoreigns) April 11, 2021
But why was casemiro laughing after being sent off barca are really underrated :joy::joy:- MORRAY :gem: (@jibrealtmusa) April 10, 2021
Casemiro came off laughing like 'we done' yeah- αdєчínkα :stars: (@Tef_champ) April 10, 2021
Casemiro's long walk off the pitch, after he'd been sent off, was the catalyst for Gerard Pique getting booked, despite not playing in the game.
The Barca centre back was on the bench and after the game went to remonstrate with the referee about the fact that only four minutes were added on.
After a quick chat with Luka Modric, Pique saw yellow for going overboard with his frustration at the time added on.
It wasn't the Brazilian midfielder's only moment of sh*thousery either as he even had his own run in with the referee.
After a confrontation with Barca midfielder Ilaix Moriba, Casemiro slapped the officials hand away, as Jesus Gil Manzano tried to calm things down.
Este manotazo de Casemiro a Gil Manzano no lo verás repetido en ningún lado porque la caverna protege bien a sus jugadores. La impunidad con Casemiro es tal que hasta él se permite agredir a un árbitro. Y Gil Manzano parece que le deba pedir hasta perdón. pic.twitter.com/XvWPw1UNQZ- UncleWiiz (@TheTruthWiiz) April 10, 2021
And there was one man who certainly enjoyed Casemiro's antics, with Real captain Sergio Ramos, missing through injury, applauding his teammate off the pitch following his red card.
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