Real Madrid 4 v Alaves 0 - Story of the match

  • Real Madrid 4 v Alaves 0 - Story of the match

Real Madrid 4 v Alaves 0 - Story of the match

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas (7 out of 10), Dani Carvajal (7), Raphael Varane (7), Nacho Fernandez (6), Theo Hernandez (6), Lucas Vazquez (8), Casemiro (7), Mateo Kovacic (6), Gareth Bale (7), Karim Benzema (8), Cristiano Ronaldo (8). "Karim played very well and he deserved to score as he contributed so much in our build-up play", Zidane told a news conference. After there is this gesture of Cristiano for Karim.

"But at the moment we have more of the consistency that we want in our play, our focus".

#RMFans, here's a special message for you from @marcosllorente! "The game against PSG returned their confidence, which had been missing before".

Much of the pre-match focus was on Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo all being named in the starting XI but Zidane set his team up nominally in a 4-4-2 formation, with the Wales worldwide and Lucas Vazquez impressing on the flanks. This is especially true in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, with his on-field antics over the years leading him to be branded as all kinds of things both good and bad.

Having heard his team-mate jeered earlier in the contest, the Portugal worldwide then selflessly let Benzema convert an 89th-minute penalty after Victor Laguardia brought down a marauding Bale.

The Frenchman won the ball back in midfield and tore towards goal, slipping it into Bale's path for the Wales worldwide to slot it inside the near post. The Portuguese forward's return to top form has been key to Madrid's climb up the table, with the opening goal his 13th in the league this season.

Alaves pair Alfonso Pedraza and Ruben Sobrino caused Madrid trouble with their attacks down the left side during a back-and-forth first half plagued by sloppy defending.

But the hosts were back on level terms just two minutes later through Suarez and, after Lionel Messi had netted twice, the Uruguayan scored his second in the 44th minute to give the Blaugrana a 4-1 half-time lead. However, an incident that occurred on Saturday seems to point otherwise.

Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez, meanwhile, combined to condemn Eibar to back-to-back La Liga defeats as Celta Vigo eased themselves into seventh place in the table with a 2-0 win.