Real Madrid 1-2 Alaves result, summary and goals: LaLiga 2020-21
Real Madrid 1-2 Alavés: as it happened
Relaño: Real Madrid are falling apart in LaLiga
AS honorary president Alfredo Relaño reacts to Real Madrid's defeat to Alavés:
Lucas Pérez and Joselu struck in the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano to secure a historic win for Alavés and condemn Real Madrid to a second defeat in three games and place the defending champions’ title defence under serious doubt after just 11 weeks of LaLiga action.
The visitors were well-organized and took full advantage of Madrid’s high defensive line to place Thibaut Courtois’ goal under siege. The Belgium stopper made a horrible error of judgment to hand Alavés their second goal but had it not been for the keeper the score might have been considerably higher in favour of Pablo Machín’s side.
Madrid’s makeshift back line was carved open again and again by the swift incursions of Luis Rioja, Pérez and Joselu, who took full advantage of the lack of cohesion in a defensive line shorn of Sergio Ramos.
Casemiro threw the home side a lifeline late on when he stabbed home a rebound from substitute Vinicius’ effort and Isco clipped the bar with the final kick of the game but Alavés held on to boost themselves up to eighth in the division.
Zidane’s side remain in fourth, six points behind Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid, who have a game in hand over their city rivals. Madrid travel to Sevilla next before hosting Diego Simeone’s side in the capital city derby a week later.
All over in the Di Stéfano! Alavés beat Madrid 2-1 and that's one point from three Liga games for the defending champions, who face Sevilla and Atlético next.
Woodwork! Isco clips the bar with the final kick of the game! Alavés cling on to secure a famous victory!
But Isco hits a soft ball into the wall. Alavés break again through Deyverson and Madrid manage to win it back for a final charge...
Free kick for Madrid, probably the final chance of the game!
Good defending from Nacho as Alavés looked to break again with Madrid committed.
Nice control from Mariano but the the striker catches Ximo Navarro in the chops with an attempted overhead and Alavés have a free kick.
Pacheco almost buys himself a yellow card taking his time over a goal kick...
Five minutes added in the Di Stéfano!
Deyverson on for Alavés.
Joselu looks like he has twanged something and won't be able to continue by the looks of things.
Courtois! Another save from the Belgian to deny Javi López!
A few minutes on the clock and Madrid come charging forward as they look for another. Édgar goes into the book for flooring Casemiro.
Pacheco stops a Vinicius effort but the rebound drops to the Brazilian a yard out and all he has to do is prod home into an empty net!
Alavés clear and break but this time Rioja is alone as he streaks forward. Lucas Vázquez decides not to take any chances though and flattens the winger just in case. Free kick to the visitors.
Another free for Madrid, Odegaard over it...
Lejeune! Off the line! The Frenchman throws himself at a Casemiro effort with Pacheco finally beaten and gets his head to it to prevent Madrid pulling one back!
Free kick for Madrid, Odegaard looks for Casemiro at the far post but the Brazilian is flagged offiside.
Just over 10 minutes for Alavés to protect a two-goal lead in Madrid. We fancy the visitors, who have plenty of tired legs out there after a lung-bursting effort, will start to drop back now.
Isco with an awful effort from the edge of the area, almost out of the ground that from the Spain international!
A decent evening's work from Alavés if they can maintain their lead. They were 15th at kick off.
Lucas Vázquez! The interim right back has a crack and it's not far off sneaking in at the far post.
Rodrygo! It wasn't the best hit of his career but the Brazilian's shot narrowly misses the far post.
Zidane rolls the dice... Mendy, Odegaard and Isco on, Modric, Marcelo and Kroos off.
Joselu! Madrid are just asking for a third here! Pérez again is sent scurrying through with Varane for company and he squares for Joselu, the former Madrid striker hammering high from the edge of the area.
Good spot from the ref, who cards Rioja for diving instead of pointing to the spot as the winger goes down under a challenge from Casemiro. It looked a decent shout until the replays showed no contact at all.
Isco and Odegaard warming up for Madrid.
Ninth corner for Alavés as Rioja and Varane go toe-to-toe on the right.
The last time Madrid came back from two goals down to either win or draw was in 2017, according to Mr Chip, in a 3-3 draw against Las Palmas.
Courtois! A fine save from the Belgian to deny Pérez, who is again allowed to waltz straight through the Madrid centre.
And there is the change, Asensio off. The Spain international has still not really found his rhythm yet after a long injury lay off.
Vinicius is getting ready to come on for Madrid.
Corner for Madrid as Laguardia heads a Mariano-bound ball behind. Kroos goes for the near post arrival of Asensio but Alavés are wise to the ploy.
Joselu! Pérez picks a lovely ball and his strike partner only has to whack it! He doesn't quite connect at the vital moment though and it pings harmlessly into the gloves of Courtois.
Kroos again! It's a decent strike from the edge of the area but whistles wide of Pacheco's far stick.
Laguardia is pulled up for a foul on Nacho though. The delivery was, by Pérez's standards, poor anyway, clearing the assembled shirts of both hues in the area.
An Alavés free kick is nodded behind for another corner, Pérez trotting over.
Kroos! He's landed a few of those in his time... the Germany international tracks a ball on the edge of the area and hits it first time but Pacheco gets down to make the save.
Another loose ball from Madrid, this time from Marcelo, finds Rioja on the far side and he's allowed to run into the area and force Courtois into a save, albeit a comfortable one.
Madrid are now officially in a spot of bother.
What an error from Courtois! Varane's ball back to the keeper wasn't the best but rather than belt it to the far end Courtois tries to pick a pass and finds the Alavés striker, who strokes it back into an empty net!
Asensio! Good work from Marcelo to release the winger and he sends in a wicked cross that Rodrygo just can't get a toe to.
No further changes at half time.
We're back underway!
Courtois and Pacheco deep in conversation in the tunnel. The keepers' union. It is a funny old position.
Reports coming in that Hazard has a muscle issue. The Belgian will undergo tests tomorrow and have a scan if necessary.
Madrid ended the first half the stronger side and embellished their stats a bit with a late flurry. Eight shots for the home side at the break with five on target, but only two of those really required a save.
And that's the half! Madrid go into the break 1-0 down after Lucas Pérez's penalty.
One minute. Madrid pushing for the psychological blow of an equaliser but Alavés have a throw in the opposite half and are in no rush to take it...
There won't be al lot added at the end of the first half.
Corner for Madrid... but it's another poor delivery from Kroos and Pacheco gathers with ease.
Nice work from Modric to tee up Mariano but the striker's header flies over.
It's worth mentioning at this point that Madrid's next two Liga games are against Sevilla, who are one point behind Zidane's side after a 1-0 win at Huesca earlier, and Atlético, who are six points ahead after winning by the same margin at Valencia.
Pacheco! A double save from Toni Kroos keeps Alavés in front! Rodrygo has changed Madrid's dynamic since coming on and the home side are suddenly looking a bit more lively.
Another corner for Madrid, another comfortable clearance from Alaves.
Casemiro is almost on the end of that one! Alavés manage to glance it behind for a corner.
Free kick to Madrid, Kroos over it...
We're not quite sure on what basis Zidane is persisting with a high defensive line here. Alavés look dangerous every time they move the ball forward.
Alavés wreak havoc down the left! Rioja, who is very, very quick, is allowed to canter away and Modric just about manages to track him back. Reinforcements arrive for the visitors who thread it to Pérez. The striker just can't get it out from under his feet though.
And it's Hazard! The Belgian is off and he must have picked up a knock or felt something during a challenge in the area a few minutes ago. More injury woe for Madrid, who have been luckless on that front this season.
Rodrygo is preparing to come on... we're not quite sure for whom but clearly someone has signalled to the bench.
Machín applauds his side as the defence block a Modric move with several white shirts lurking at the back post. The visitors have been excellent so far.
Courtois! A terrible sequence from Madrid as Hazard and Kroos both enable an Alavés break. Pérez is through on his own and tries to chip Courtois, who makes a reaction save with one hand from point blank range!
Kroos, by contrast, fails again to find a white shirt with another free kick in the opposition half.
Another fantastic delivery from Pérez and Lejeune is almost on the end of it! The Frenchman puts his head in his hands... he knows that only needed a touch.
Another corner for Alavés... Madrid are on the back foot.
Hazard! A moment of magic from the Belgian as he nicks the ball, drives towards goal and unleashes a decent effort. Again, it's straight at Pacheco though and the former Madrid keeper will keep those out until the cows come home.
It's not quite coming together for Madrid at the moment. Modric spins in midfield to lose his man and looks for Marcelo on the left but his pass is straight out on the far touchline.
Another Alavés corner... that's five now by our count.
The first yellow card of the game is shown to Casemiro, who clips Lucas Pérez in midfield.
Modric attempts to release Hazard but a firm tackle sends the Belgian spinning to the turf.
Mariano! The Madrid striker gets a firm header on target but it's straight at Pacheco.
Rubén Duarte concedes another corner as he turns Lucas Vázquez's cross behind.
Madrid have another opportunity from the corner flag but Alavés clear with little fuss.
Decent cross from Marcelo from the left but Mariano can't get his head on it. That was the first chance the home side have created.
Modric isn't happy as he is bundled off the ball but the ref waves his complaints away.
The visitors look very comfortable in possession here. Madrid have barely got into an attacking position yet and the press from the home side is non-existent.
That's five penalties conceded by Madrid in their last three Liga matches. Another corner for Alavés...
Well, that is not ideal from Real Madrid's point of view. Kroos over a free kick in the other half but Alavés clear.
Gooooooooooooooooool! Lucas Pérez! The striker hits it low and hard to the right of Courtois, who guesses correctly but can't get a glove to it. What a start for El Glorioso!
The Madrid defender has his back to the ball but it did clearly hit his arm. Huge chance for Alavés here.
Penalty! Handball against Nacho!
Oops, Marcelo plays a back pass and Nacho and Courtois think the other one has it. Neither do and Alavés have a corner...
Alavés with plenty of the ball early on, looking to get it out to the left side and Luis Rioja.
We're off! Madrid in white, Alavés in blue and white stripes.
We will have a minute's silence for Diego Maradona before the game...
- 1 Pacheco
- 22 Lejeune
- 11 Luis Rioja
- 23 Ximo Navarro
- 3 Rubén Duarte
- 5 Laguardia
- 8 Pina
- 6 Rodrigo Battaglia
- 24 Jota
- 7 Lucas Pérez
- 9 Joselu
Confirmation of the line-ups: Real Madrid
- 1 Courtois
- 6 Nacho
- 17 Lucas Vázquez
- 12 Marcelo
- 5 Varane
- 8 Kroos
- 10 Modric
- 14 Casemiro
- 7 Hazard
- 11 Marco Asensio
- 24 Mariano
It has not been a high scoring weekend so far in LaLiga... just six goals in the opening four games.
Time for the infallible AS English predictions:
The teams have completed their warm-ups and we are just 10 minutes away from kick-off here!
So, fairly conservative from Machín under the circumstances, the Alavés boss having tried out four different formations in LaLiga this season. And a surprise perhaps from Zidane, but given the relative match fitness of Militão and Mendy maybe he felt he had little choice. He will certainly be hoping he isn't forced into any changes this evening.
On the weekly "used to play for Real Madrid" count, off the top of our heads, Pacheco and Joselu.
Alavés starting XI confirmed
Machín has decided to go with a 4-4-2 with Lucás Pérez and Joselu leading the line. The combative Rodrigo Battaglia will be charged with causing some havoc in midfield with Jota and Luis Rioja, who turned Barça inside out at Mendizorrotza, providing some width.
Real Madrid XI confirmed
Zinedine Zidane's starting XI has been announced and by the looks of it Lucas Vázquez will fill in at right back with Nacho in the middle alongside Varane. Militão and Mendy are on the bench and the Frenchman has gone with Mariano, Asensio and Hazard up top.
Madrid have not had too much trouble in this fixture historically, winning eight of the last nine Liga meetings between the sides going back to 2006. Alavés' single win in that sequence came in 2018, a 1-0 victory at Mendizorrotza.
For a bit more information on the teams this evening and a guide as to how and where you can watch this one wherever you may be, look no further.
El Glorioso are currently 15th in the table but have been on a decent run of form and have not been in midweek action, unlike Madrid. Machín's side are unbeaten in four and have taken points off Barcelona and Valancia during that spell. Crucially, the visitors have more or less a full squad to choose from and some fast, tricky players who will look to get at Madrid's full backs, particularly Nacho.
It will be interesting to see how Alavés approach this one. Pablo Machín earned his reputation as a visionary young manager as Numancia and Girona but went on to struggle at Sevilla and Espanyol. He does love a tinker and Machín may fancy his chances here after tripping Barcelona up at Mendizorrotza with some lightning breaks on the wings and a well-drilled back line. Madrid's back line is open to several questions from the visiting side.
Madrid have picked up just one point in their last two Liga outings, a 4-1 drubbing at Valencia and a 1-1 draw at Villarreal.
One player who has been mostly unaffected by the injury crisis is Rodrygo, who can't fail to find the net in the Champions League but has been used sparingly by Zidane in LaLiga. Will the young Brazilian get his chance this evening?
Zidane is almost inevitably facing an injury crisis again. Real Madrid have had little luck this season in that respect and the Frenchman will be without Dani Carvajal this evening after the Spain defdender picked up a thigh muscle injury against Inter. On the plus side, Éder Militão is back after self-isolating due to covid-19 and will partner Raphaël Varane in the centre with Nacho slotting in at right back. Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Luka Jovic and Fede Valverde are all missing for Real Madrid.
Here's how the top of the table stands after the earlier games on Saturday,
Zinedine Zidane's side find themselve six points off the pace heading into tonight's game, albeit with a game in hand over leaders Real Sociedad. Atlético's fortunate 1-0 victory over Valencia has sent Diego Simeone's side six points ahead of Madrid as well with the Madrid derby two weeks away.
Real Madrid vs Alavés: welcome
Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of the LaLiga week 11 fixture between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alavés at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium. Kick-off is at 21:00 CET.