Rule number one of football? Always play to the whistle.
Someone should tell Steven N’Zonzi and his Sevilla team-mates, because they paid the price for not playing to the whistle against Real Madrid.
With ten minutes on the clock and the score still locked at 0-0 Madrid youngster Marco Asensio went down on the edge of the box after a foul by Daniel Carrico.
So who was going to take the free-kick? Cristiano Ronaldo? Toni Kroos? James Rodriguez? Maybe even Sergio Ramos?
While they were all deciding, left-back Nacho stepped up and slotted the ball past a non-existent wall and into the back of the net.
N’Zonzi hadn’t even turned round yet but Nacho was wheeling away celebrating in front of the Bernabeu.
The goal set Madrid on the path to a 4-1 win, with a Cristiano Ronaldo double and strike from Toni Kroos keeping Zinedine Zidane’s side in the driving seat for the title.
The referee had clearly told Nacho he was allowed to take it, so there was no reason for the goal to be ruled out.
But is it a bit cheap to take a shot while the goalkeeper is setting up his wall?
Either way, we don’t think Nacho is going to care.