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Alavés

13' Vigaray

39' Manu García

44' Rodrigo Ely

45' Out Vigaray in Alexis

60' Medrán

66' Manu García

65' Out Burgui in Alfonso Pedraza

80' Out Ibai Gómez in Rubén Sobrino

85' Daniel Torres

Real Madrid

9' Dani Ceballos

31' Carvajal

42' Dani Ceballos

71' Out Dani Ceballos in Marcos Llorente

87' Nacho

89' Out Isco in Mayoral

ALAVÉS - REAL MADRID

Alavés 1 - 2 Real Madrid: As it happened, goals, match report


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Alavés vs Madrid: match report

Relief was the overwhelming emotion for Real Madrid as the final whistle blew at Mendizorroza, the raucous home of struggling Alavés. Zinedine Zidane’s team secured three points, but failed to allay concerns about a stuttering start to their title defence.

Dani Ceballos scored the first two goals of his Madrid career, either side of a well-worked equaliser scored by Alavés captain Manu García. The 21-year-old excelled in his first start in a white shirt.

The managerial pressure gauge had been flickering over Zidane following Madrid’s 0-1 loss to Real Betis at the Bernabéu on Wednesday evening. Tonny Sanabria’s last-gasp winner meant that Real Madrid had failed to win any of their first three home matches in LaLiga for the first time in 22 years, and Barcelona extended their advantage over Los Blancos to seven points.

Zidane responded to that blow by shuffling his team selection. Gareth Bale and Luka Modric dropped to the bench in Vitoria, with Dani Ceballos stepping in to the midfield alongside Casemiro and Isco.

Alavés were the ideal opponents. Five matches played, five matches lost, zero goals scored. The Basque’s start to the season made for damning reading.

Alavés 1 - 2 Real Madrid: As it happened, goals, match report

It took ten minutes for Ceballos to find the net. He gather Isco’s cut-back on the edge of the box, bumped off a challenge from a blue-and-white shirt, and slammed the ball in to the bottom corner. The match appeared to be following the script.

Alavés tore it up as the match approached half time. Former-Real Madrid Castilla winger Burgui strode through the midfield and passed to Munir on the right flank. The attacker, on-loan from Barcelona, did his parent club a favour as he delivered a pinpoint cross for Manu García to head in off the underside of the bar. It was a fine attacking move that begged the question of why it was Alavés first goal of the season. And the goal-scorer could not have been more fitting. García, the club-captain and El Glorioso fan, has his name etched in to the Alavés shirt that the club wore in the latter stages of the 2001 UEFA Cup. Back then he was a young boy supporting his local team. Now, he drives them forward.

But the lead did not last for long. Ceballos had his second goal three minutes later. Goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco flapped at Dani Carvajal’s cross, and directed it straight in to the path of Madrid’s No. 24. With the ‘keeper out of position, Ceballos slid the ball in to the bottom corner and bounded away to Madrid’s cluster of travelling supporters.

Alavés 1 - 2 Real Madrid: As it happened, goals, match report

The second half was frustrating for Madrid from the off. In the 47th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo hit the outside of the near post after controlling Isco’s sumptuous diagonal pass. It was not the first time that 32-year-old struck the woodwork in Mendizorroza, and none of his six shots led to his first LaLiga goal of the season.

The chances continued to come, and go. Isco squandered a one-on-one after springing the offside trap to meet Raphael Varane’s long pass. Alavés created several chances on the break, with substitute Pedraza twice hitting the woodwork for the home side. The Alavés players were competitive and dogged, sometimes too much so. Manu García was lucky to avoid a red card for a malevolent elbow to the cheek of Lucas Vazquez.

Madrid’s profligate streak rumbles on. Their 20 shots led to just two goals, continuing the pattern established in the home matches against Levante and Real Betis. Something doesn’t feel quite right with Madrid, as if the wheels of a train are not quite sitting flush on the tracks. They close the gap on Barcelona to four points, at least until the table-toppers face Girona later on Saturday evening, but are yet to find their rhythm.

Alavés vs Real Madrid: as it happened

90'+3' Full time. Real Madrid secure a hard-fought victory in Vitoria. 

90'+2' Madrid counter and Ronaldo play the ball to Asensio in the Alavés box. He should have hit it first time, but instead tries to pull off a 'flip-flap', Ronaldinho style, and Duarte chaperones it behind for a goal kick. 

90'+1' The home side have a free-kick on the left, given away by Carvajal. Medran will whip it in to the box... after some bouncing around, Carvajal hooks clear. 

90' Three minutes of added time for Alavés to find an equaliser. 

89' Borja Mayoral comes on for Isco. 

89' The Alavés supporters are roaring their team on to an equaliser. Sensational support in the Basque country. 

87' Dani Torres booked for a flailing arm as he ran alongside Isco. No complaints there. 

86' The home side have a rare foray in to opposition territory and win a corner. The delivery from the right is hopelessly overhit, and spins out for a goal kick. 

85' Ronaldo feigns to shoot with his right, ducks on to his left, and draws a flying save from Pacheco. It isn't quite falling for him 

84' Lucas curls a low effort towads the bottom corner, after Maripan completely scuffed a clearance. It bounces just before the goal-line, making it an awkward save for Pacheco. He parries the ball behind. Alavés head the corner clear, but with all their players back, the Madrid attacks continue. 

83' Fernando Pacheco flaps another cross in to a dangerous area. Luckily for the 'keeper, Ruben Duarte gets there before Ronaldo. 

82' Marco Asensio tries two shots from the edge of the box, both of which are blocked by flying Alavés defenders. 

81' Final change for the home side, with Ruben Sobrino replacing Ibai Gomez. 

78' Sergio Ramos and Manu García bump in to eachother in the box. In an attempt to win a penalty, García clutches his faces and rolls so far he almost leaves the pitch. 

76' Alavés hit the post! Munir heads the ball through Madrid's porous defence, and Pedraza races through one-on-one. His final touch is heavy, but he manages to get a shot away. It rolls agonisingly on to the base of the post and Madrid clear. 

74' Calamitous from both sides! Isco stretches to bring a pass under control on the right flank, before fizzing a ball across the six-yard box. Fernando Pacheco spills it in to the path of Sergio Ramos, who fires the ball over the bar from eight yards out. 

72' No hat-trick today for Dani Ceballos. He is replaces by Marcos Llorente, who receives a warm welcome in the ground he called home last season. 

70' 70' Casemiro is penalised for felling Medran as he sought to counter-attack. From the second phase of the resultant delivery, Pedraza's deflected effort crashes on to the joint between post and bar. Earlier on, Manu García had placed his arm around Lucas' shoulder and issued a few words in his ear. It looked more passive aggressive that apologetic. 

67' Manu García is very, very lucky to avoid a straight red card for an elbow on Lucas Vazquez. García glanced over his shoulder before planted a blow on Lucas' cheek, and the Madrid winger is justifiably furious. 

67' Pedraza replaces Burgui for Alavés. The wide man faded in the second half. 

66' Ronaldo watches Lucas' cross to the far post, and sets himself for a bicycle kick. He launches himself in to the air, but misses the ball completely.

64' Sergio Ramos heads the ball in to the bottom corner as Alavés bodies decorate the floor around him. The referee had already blown his whistle for a foul. 

63' Ronaldo hits the post for the second time this half. He drops his shoulder on the right side of the box, which allows him to burst beyond Maripan and work the space for a left-footed curler towards the far corner. It looks destined to nestle, but doesn't bend in at the last minute, and crashes in to the post. Alavés launch a counter-attack that comes to nothing. 

62' Alexis and Ely get in each other's way somewhat. But between them, they manage to turn Carvajal's deep cross behind for a corner. Alavés partially clear, but Madrid continue to turn the screw. 

61' Medran is booked for upending Ceballos just inside the Alavés half. The home fans couldn't care less, as they bounce in unison in the background. 

59'   Álvaro Medran's tentative forward run is stopped by Sergio Ramos, but the ball squirms out to Alexis on the right. His cross his too close to Keylor Ramos, who plucks it out of the air. Ibai Gomez has taken over from Burgui as Alavés' chief attacking threat. 

58'   Alexis is lucky to avoid a booking for an, ahem, 'agricultural' aerial challenge on Nacho. 

54'   Pachecho stands up well to block Isco one-on-one. Madrid's No. 22 sprung the offside trap to race on to Varane's long pass. He should have found either of the corners, really. He had plenty of time to compose himself before taking that shot. 

53'   Ronaldo finds a pocket of space in the centre of the pitch, 25 yards out. He has one thing in his mind, but flashes a low, left-footed drive several yards wide of Pachecho's goal. 

52'   Munir is clattered by Varane in the box, but the linesman's flag was already flying high on the touchline. You sense that Real Madrid need another goal here at Mendizorroza; Alavés look capable on the break. 

50'   Varane makes an important sliding block to prevent Ibai Gomez' outside-of-the-boot pass from reaching Munir in the box. Keylor Navas punches the subsequent corner clear. 

47' Ronaldo hits the post! Keylor Navas launches a counter-attack and white shirts flooded forward. Isco floats a lovely cross to Ronaldo at the far post, and the Portuguese set himself on his right foot... but his shot skids off the neat post and wide. 

46' The second half is go! Munir rolls the ball back to Ely, who sends a long, diagonal ball to the left flank. Alavés begin the second half on the front foot, with Ely forcing Navas in to a save from a corner. 

Half time substitution for Alavés. Alexis replaces Carlos Vigaray at right-back. 

A bit of reading before the match resumes... Sid Lowe's enthralling interview with Alavés captain (and today's goalscorer) Manu García. 

With four shots on target and four shots off target, Real Madrid are not going for goal as much as they did against Real Betis. Yet they have been much more clinical with their chances. 

Bad news for Crystal Palace fans. Manu García's fine headed goal for Alavés leaves the South London outfit as the only team in Europe's top five leagues who are yet to score a goal. 

Real Madrid's squad are sharing the goal-scoring duties so far this season. Señor Ronaldo will be keen to add to that list with some LaLiga goals. 

At the age of 21, that was Dani Ceballos' first double as a professional.

45'+1' Half time. 

45' The fourth official holds his board aloft to indicate one added minute. 

45' Rodrigo Ely is booked for treading on Ronaldo's achilles. That'll sting in the shower tomorrow morning. 

43' GOL GOL GOL! Ceballos has his second! Goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco tries to claim Carvajal's cross from the right, but he collides with his two centre-halves and flaps the ball to Ceballos on the edge of the box. With the goal unguarded, the young midfielder strokes the ball in to the bottom corner. 

42' Ceballos gifts the ball to Dani Torres in the centre of the park, and that creates space for Munir to charge forward again. This time, his final ball is poor, and Navas gathers. 

41' And with that, Alavés have their long-awaited first goal of the season. 

40' GOOOOOOL! Manu Garcia finishes off a fantastic move, what a moment for the captain! Burgui powered through several challenges in midfield before releasing Munir on the right. He checked back on to his left foot, and crossed for García to head in emphatically off the underside of the bar. 

38' 62 percent possession for Real Madrid so far. 

36' Burgui is causing problems on the right wing with his direct running. The former-Madrid man wins a corner, which Rodrigo Ely heads over. Ely hit the post in the midweek defeat to Deportivo, and he is continuing to occupy dangerous positions from set pieces. 

32' Carvajal is the first Madrid player to received a booking. Fernando Pacheco gathers Ceballos' curled effort, and launches a rapid counter-attack with a long kick forward out of his hands. Munir is the recipient, and Carvajal is adjudged to have grappled with the forward a little too forcefully. Ibai Gomez swirls an effort towards the near post, and Keylor Navas catches it cleanly.

31' Nacho draws an acrobatic stop from Fernando Pacheco, who came up through the Real Madrid academy. The left-back met a corner with a powerful header, but he could not direct it either side of the 'keeper. 

30' Ronaldo goes close to his first LaLiga goal of the season. He scampers across his marker at the near post, and meets Asensio's corner on the volley. It flies narrowly over the bar and in to the Basques behind the goal. 

27' Scorching delivery from Marco Asensio. The man from Mallorca whips a low-ball from the byline towards Lucas Vazquez, who scoops the ball over the bar at the near post. The 26-year-old should have doubled Madrid's lead. 

26' Nacho lets his mask of attacking flair slip for a moment, Scooby Doo-style, as he hoofs the ball beyond everyone and out of play. If it wasn't for those pesky crosses...

23' Ronaldo tricks everyone. He shapes for the shot, but chips the ball in to Sergio Ramos. He directs his header towards the top corner from around the penalty spot, but Fernando Pachecho skips across his line and catches the ball above his head. Madrid win the ball back and deliver it in to the box, where Varane is adjudged to have fouled Maripan in his attempt to out-leap Alavés No. 6. 

22' A clear foul this time, as Medran upends Lucas on the edge of the box. Ronaldo stands over the ball, and takes some very deliberate strides backwards before starting his run-up. 

21' Burgui wins the ball cleanly with the underside of his boot on the right flank. Casemiro kicks Burgui a fraction later, yet wins the free-kick- 

18' The visitors use Varane´s defensive clearance as a platform to gallop forward on the counter-attack. Munir halts Asensio and the referee blows for a foul. Madrid retain the ball, but lose their momentum. In that sense, it was an astute (or cynical) foul from Munir. 

18' Manu Garcia, the Alavés captain playing for his hometown club, dashes forward in midfield and is brought to an abrupt stop by Casemiro. He dusts himseld off to take the outswinging free-kick to the far post. Raphael Varane clears with a commanding header. 

15' Ronaldo takes a deep breath and stands over the free-kick, right on the edge of the box at an acute angle. The Portuguese begins his trademark run-up, saunters up to the ball, and launches it straight in to the head of an Alavés defender. The home side clear. 

14' Brilliant attacking play from Nacho down the left flank draws a foul, and a booking for Vigaray. He combines well with Ceballos, and shows the sort of pace, power, and trickery usually associated with Marcelo or Theo to burst beyond a couple of blue-and-white shirts. 

12' Alavés had been probing, growing in to the game, and asking the Madrid defence some questions before that goal. Given the home side's start to the season, it shouldn't take much to knock the wind from their sails. 

10' GOOOOOOOL! Dani Ceballos rifles a low effort in to the bottom corner from inside the box. He meets Isco's cut back, shrugs off a challenge, and shoots to the near post to score his first goal for Real Madrid. 

5' Munir causes Madrid further problems on the counter attack... he forces Sergio Ramos to rush across on the cover, and put the ball out for a corner. Keylor Navas parries the inswinger away from behind a crowd of bodies at the near post, and Casemiro is fouled as Alavés chip the ball back in. It looked like the Brazilian tripped over. 

4' Ooooft! Burgui slides the ball through to Munir, on loan from Barcelona, who bears down on goal one-on-one. He drags his shot just wide, but in any case, the linesman had lifted his flag. An early warning sign for the lethargic Madrid defence. 

3' Dani Carvajal slides the ball down the flank, but it's a little too heavy for Lucas, and it dribbles out of play for a goal kick. Alavés settle in to a spell of possession. 

2' Ronaldo tries to sneak a ball through to Lucas Vazquez, who is cutting in from the right, but Ruben Duarte nips in. 

1' Off we go! Referee Undiano Mallenco blows his whistle and Cristiano Ronaldo rolls the ball back to start proceedings. 

Here's that display in all its glory. 

Superb atmosphere in the ground. The home fans hold up a large tifo behind the goal as the teams shake hands. 

The teams are gathering in the narrow Mendizorroza tunnel. It's barely wide enough for the three officials to stand side-by-side. Here they come! 

Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho, Casemiro, Ceballos, Isco, Lucas, Cristiano and Asensio.

Alavés XI: Pacheco, Vigaray, Maripán, Rodrigo Ely, Duarte, Torres, Manu García, Burgui, Medrán, Ibai Gómez and Munir.

A reminder of the LINE UPS...

There is a 'Dads vs Lads' flavour to proceedings in Vitoria. Enzo Zidane, the son of Zinedine, now plies his trade at Alavés. 

Luka Modric finds himself on the bench this afternoon. This is surprising on two counts. Firstly, because the Croatian was Madrid's best player against Real Betis. Secondly, because he was substituted off against Real Betis, a move which most presumed was intended to keep him fit for the match today. 

Both teams are being put through their paces in the warm-ups, and the stadium is filling up nicely. Despite Alavés' inauspicious start to the season, Mendizorroza is expected to be more or less at capacity. 

Alavés have suffered a truly torrid start to their second season back in LaLiga: Five defeats from five matches, with no goals scored. El Glorioso could not generate a 'new manager bounce' on Wednesday; they lost 1-0 to Depor on the Galician coast, days after Javi Cabello replaced Luis Zubeldía on an interim basis. 

Real Madrid have not lost at Mendizorroza in the league since 1931, when Alavés beat the visitors 2-0. In total, Los Blancos have won nine, drawn two, and lost one of their encounters in Vitoria. 

Dani Ceballos will make his first league start this afternoon. He would have liked to have played a part against his former club, Real Betis, in midweek. But Zidane has made him wait.

Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho, Casemiro, Ceballos, Isco, Lucas, Cristiano and Asensio.

Alavés XI: Pacheco, Vigaray, Maripán, Rodrigo Ely, Duarte, Torres, Manu García, Burgui, Medrán, Ibai Gómez and Munir.

In more accolade news for Los Blancos, L'Équipe recently selected Marco Asensio as best young player in the world. He's had an incredible 12 months and now has a long to live up to with the eyes of the world upon him.

Following last season's exploits by Real Madrid - retaining the European Cup while pipping Barça to the Spanish title - there was little surprise when both Cristiano and Zidane were nominated for the Fifa Best awards. The goalscorer extraordinaire was named alongside Messi and Neymar as FIFA The Best finalists while the coach joined Conte and Allegri for FIFA's The Best Coach award.

As is normal with the biggest club in the world, there were plenty of fans looking for autographs as the team arrived in Vitoria. Cristiano, Varane and others were all too happy to pick up a pen and make a squiggly mark 
  Real Madrid announced their squad for the trip yesterday. Zidane will be looking for more from his attacking players Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Borja Mayoral and Lucas Vasquez. He'll also expect a sharper game from the normally outstanding Isco. 
In case you haven't been following the sporting news in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Zidane will be hoping that the new manager doesn't have an immediate impact on the opposiiton today  
And the club are looking for that 12th man to help them get something from the match knowing that Madrid will be smarting from their 0-1 defeat at the hands of Real Betis on Wednesday night. They can look at the fact that the Sevillian side hadn't won at the Bernabéu for 19 years as some encouragement to their own record against the current European champions 
It's always a big day when one of the giants of LaLiga come to town and Alavés are ready and waiting

The last six games between these two sides have seen six wins for Los Blancos. The aggregate score doesn't make pleasant reading for the home side today: 23-4 to the capital side.

Hello and welcome to our live build up to this afternoon's big game as Real Madrid try to get some positivity back into the squad. Their trip to Alavés is brought to you live here from 16:15 but we have plenty to keep you entertained and informed with until then.