La Liga 2017/18: Deportivo Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid, 5 Talking Points

24 September, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Real Madrid News Mariano Diaz

Real Madrid already trail rivals Barcelona by seven points after just five games and can not afford any more slip ups.

Madrid's stuttering start to their domestic title defence continued with a 1-0 reverse against Real Betis at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, but Zinedine Zidane's side have so far performed better away from home this term and that again proved to be the case in the Basque Country.

The winless Alaves nearly leveled late when substitute Alfonso Pedraza twice hit the woodwork.

Both sides also went close in the final 20 minutes.

After a goalless first half, in which both sides had hit the woodwork, Yannick Carrasco opened the scoring in the 46th minute.

The first of Ceballos' goals came in the 10th minute after a brilliant cut back on the edge of the box from Marco Asensio.

Ronaldo's afternoon ended with Pacheco tipping his angled strike around the post, but Madrid nonetheless held on for the three points.

The winless Basques had plenty of late chances at an equaliser after Manu Garcia pulled them level in the 40th minute, but Los Blancos clung to their advantage.

Ramos then had a golden chance down the other end after Pacheco spilled the ball to the Real Madrid centre-back on the penalty spot, but the Spaniard somehow fired over the crossbar as the score stayed 2-1.

The winners of two straight Champions Leagues and last year's league winners, Real Madrid is off to a poor start by its standards this season.

Real Madrid will now switch their attention to the Champions League as they prepare to travel to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

But the Alaves substitute's stab under Navas bounced away off the frame of the goal again and Madrid escaped with the points.

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