French tactician Zinedine Zidane clocked a century of LaLiga victories as Real Madrid coach courtesy of last night’s hard-fought 3-2 win at Real Betis, but there was an element of controversy in it.

A questionable late Sergio Ramos spot kick secured all three points at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, with referee┬áRicardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, pointing to the spot after Betis’s Marc Bartra was penalized for a handball while the game was tied at 2-2.

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was consulted and the decision stood.

Madrid had gone in front in the 14th minute, Federico Valverde slotting home off a Karim Benzema assist.

Betis leveled matters in the 35th minute through Aissa Mandi and took the lead just before the half time interval through William Carvalho. 2-1 to Betis at the break.

Madrid restored parity through an Emerson own goal in the 48th minute before the referee sent off the Betis man for denying Luka Jovic a goal-scoring opportunity.

With eight minutes left to play, it took VAR to award Real a penalty after Bartra’s handball, Ramos making no mistake from the resulting spot kick to give Zidane’s men their first win of the season, the Frenchman’s 100th in the Spanish top-flight.