Preview - Alaves vs Real Madrid 24 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 23, 2017, 02:46 AM

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Alaves vs Real Madrid

Just who is the more desperate side? Alaves, who have yet to hit the back of the net? Or Real Madrid, who are so far off from the La Liga title race? Alaves have endured a tough start to their league campaign, losing five consecutive games. The hosts are without a point and second-from-bottom, with only Malaga worse off. A win would see them still a point behind 18th-placed La Coruna, who are on four points. Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane's side come into the game on the back of a surprise 1-0 defeat at home against Real Betis on Wednesday night. The Champions League title-holders were unbeaten going into the Betis tie, with two wins and two draws behind them. They are already seven points adrift of Barcelona. They simply have to up the ante now.

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Match Stats:

  • Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid
  • Shots: 6-16
  • Possession: 36%-64%
  • Corner kicks: 5-13


Dani Ceballos scored twice on his first league start for Real Madrid as they beat struggling Alaves.

The 21-year-old Spanish midfielder, signed from Real Betis in the summer, held off two defenders before striking home his first.

Alaves, who came into the goal without a point or a goal this season, equalised through Manu Garcia's header.

But, three minutes later, Ceballos scored his and Real's second with a low drive from 16 yards.

Both sides also went close in the final 20 minutes.

The Spanish and European champions were lucky not to concede when Alfonso Pedraza's deflected shot beat Keylor Navas but came off the bar.

And the substitute went close again when his poked shot struck the keeper's right-hand upright.

Real skipper Sergio Ramos, who had a header disallowed, missed an open goal from eight yards.

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