It was in the 74th minute of the match as Cristiano chased a loose ball on the right flank and centered it perfectly for Isco to latch on to the assist and score. A fine finish from neat build-up play from the player from Madeira. The goal made the game 3-0, a scoreline which put Las Palmas out of sight on the night. As Isco celebrated his goal, Cristiano headed back to his half, head bowed as if he had just committed a major error. Those celebrating the goal headed towards the No. 7 to share the moment with him but had limited success. Half baked gestures but nothing to forge a smile from the Portuguese international. Real Madrid had scored three goals but none were his....
We've now had 12 match-days in the current LaLiga campaign and Cristiano has just bagged one goal (against Getafe) and he is suffering. It's a different story in the Champions League with the 32-year-old notching six and is top scorer in the tournament. This seems to matter less when looking at the domestic campaign after just one strike from 48 efforts. Lionel Messi has scored on 12 occasions with 69 efforts. Cristiano is still in the right place and as active as ever in the box. Luck seems to be evading him too with three efforts coming close in the Las Palmas game, striking the post and crossbar along with a fine save from Las Palmas keeper Raúl, The frustration level the Portuguese is experiencing growing visibly as the game wore on with a 3-0 score-line.
Cristiano's exacerbation was notable on a night when his side started slowly and improved as the match unfolded. Zidane shuffled his pack with decent performances from Asensio and Vallejo. The game started in a tense manner with recent results adding to a sense of insecurity for the home side. They eventually took the initiative, forced Las Palmas on the back-foot with Casemiro opening the scoring, heading home just before the interval. The second period was a far more open affair with Asensio scoring one of his trademark wonder goals as Isco's strikel guaranteed maximum points for the home side. Las Palmas showed neat touches at intervals with Vitolo the stand-out player for the men in yellow who struggled with a below-par performance and are clearly missing the presence of Boateng and Roque Mesa.