Dive or No Dive? Vote on 3 Incidents from the Weekend's La Liga Action

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 15, 2014

GETAFE, SPAIN - APRIL 13:  Adrian Lopez of Club Atletico de Madrid reacts after teammate Diego Costa scored Atletico's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium on April 13, 2014 in Getafe, Spain. Costa was carried off injured after banging his knee off the goalposts while scoring Atletico's 2nd goal.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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We see players going to ground too easily all the time, but in this instalment of Dive or no Dive the incidents in question are rather more difficult to judge.

A penalty was awarded in all three cases and in each instance the decision looked straightforward for the referee.

But we’ll let you have the final say.

Cast your vote for each of the three exhibits below.


Exhibit A: Mario Bermejo vs. Real Sociedad

VIGO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 01:  Mario Bermejo of RC Celta de Vigo in action during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and CA Osasuna at Estadio Balaidos on September 1, 2012 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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One of La Liga’s better matches of the weekend took place at Estadio de Balaidos where on Saturday hosts Celta Vigo played to a 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad.

Sergio Canales spotted the guests an early lead after just eight minutes, but level terms were restored in the 37th when Nolito converted from the penalty spot.

The referee had punished Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez for a goalmouth foul on Mario Bermejo, and moments later his teammate managed to beat goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, even though the Chilean guessed the right way.

Antoine Griezmann (Sociedad) and Sani Mina (Celta) rounded out the scoring.


Exhibit B: Adrian vs. Getafe

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 18:  Adrian Lopez of Atletico de Madrid reacts as he fails to score during the Copa del Rey Round of 32 second leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Sant Andreu at Vivente Calderon Stadium on December 18, 2013 in Madrid, S
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Diego Godin opened the scoring for Atletico Madrid in their derby against Getafe on Sunday when he directed Juanfran’s cross into the back of the net.

Diego Costa then had a chance to double the guests’ advantage shortly after the hour-mark, but put off by a home supporter who bared his backside to the Spain internationalhe failed to convert from the penalty spot.

Lafita had been penalised for a foul on Adrian and was subsequently sent off.

But Costa would add an insurance marker from open play with six minutes remaining.


Exhibit C: Carlos Bacca vs. Real Betis

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - DECEMBER 21:  Carlos Arturo Bacca of Sevilla runs with the ball during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Sevilla FC at El Madrigal on December 21, 2013 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Kevin Gameiro scored both goals in Sevilla’s 2-0 derby win at Real Betis, Sunday.

His first, converted from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark, came after teammate Carlos Bacca drew what the referee deemed to be a foul from Betis defender Juan Carlos.

He then completed the scoring late in the second half when he turned Diogo’s cross into the back of the net.