For Real, the only goal on Friday evening was another victory and a rebound for Barcelona in the fight for league triumph. Królewscy is the only team in the league that has triumphed in all games since the resumption of the competition in June and wanted to keep up the run. The task seemed not very difficult, because Deportivo Alaves stood in their way, which restart the game is terrible and lost six of seven matches, including the last five. Asier Garitano lost his trainer job a few days ago, and Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz became the new coach of Babazorros, who is to maintain the team in La Liga.
The meeting unexpectedly began with an attack of guests who were able to take the lead in the third minute. Josel jumped the highest to Edgar Mendez’s cross, but the ball after his head shot only bounced off the crossbar. This, however, was a serious warning to the Royals who quickly managed to respond. In the penalty area Ferland Mendy was fouled, and the “eleven” were replaced by the reliable Karim Benzema.
Alaves did not intend to give up and in the 26th minute only the great intervention of Thibaut Courtois after a shot from Oliver Burke’s distance saved them from losing the lead. Real had the advantage but could not document it with more goals and for the break the hosts were going down with minimal lead.
After the change of sides, Real’s initiative was beyond dispute. Rodrygo played to Benzema, he returned to Marco Asensio, who put the ball into the net. The referee initially failed to score, seeing offside, but after analyzing the VAR he gave the home team a hit. The Kings accelerated and should be leading 3: 0 soon. Benzema decided to make a strong shot, but the goalkeeper perfectly matched his attempt. Toni Kroos made a mistake in response, but after intercepting Alaves and passing to Josel, he lost the running duel with Courtois.
In the end the pace slowed down slightly and Real calmly controlled the meeting. In the 75th minute, however, it again became dangerous. After playing Benzema, the ball went to Rodry, but Jimenez bounced a strong shot from the Brazilian and the match ended with a sure and decisive victory for Zinedine Zidane’s players.
Real Madrid – Deportivo Alaves 2: 0 (1: 0)
Goals: Benzema (11.), Asensio (51.)
Yellow card: Mahmoud
Real Madrid: Courtois – L. Vazquez, Militao, Varane, F. Mendy – Kroos, Casemiro (90. Diaz), Modric (70. Valverde) – Rodrygo (81. Isco), Benzema (81. Hazard), Asensio (70. Junior Vinicius )
Deprotivo Alaves: Jimenez – Navarro (24. Martin), Laguardia, Ely, Marin – Burke, Camarasa, Fejsa (56. Mahmoud), Mendez (69. Sainz) – Joselu (69. Rodriguez), Lucas Perez (56. Rioja)