Barcelona and Real Madrid go more than half a season without being awarded a penalty

Barcelona and Real Madrid go more than half a season without being awarded a penalty

Before Saturday night's match against Barcelona, Real Madrid have played an incredible 23 league games without being awarded a penalty, with their last coming on October 24 at the Camp Nou.

There have been some big penalty shouts since October, but Zinedine Zidane's side have been denied a spot-kick on every occasion.

This is one of the worst penalty droughts since VAR was introduced, with Rayo Vallecano going on the longest run, as they went 28 games without being awarded one. Cadiz also went on a similar run of 23 games earlier this season.

This is the longest period in Real Madrid's history that a referee hasn't pointed to the spot in their favour, and they could equal Rayo's record if this streak continues until the visit of Sevilla on Matchday 35.

Osasuna hold the overall record, however, of 72 matches, which ended on August 27, 2016. Atletico's longest run is 30 games between 2017 and 2018, and Barcelona's was 24 matches in 2010.

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