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Real Madrid 0-0 Cádiz: as it happened
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Real Madrid 0-0 Cádiz
Real Madrid failed to break down a resolute Cádiz side at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday. The home team had chances to take all three points but Jeremías Ledesma in the Cádiz goal kept Los Blancos out.
Fede Valverde and Eden Hazard both went close to breaking the deadlock for Madrid on a night when Vinicius made his 100th LaLiga appearance for Madrid.
Álvaro Negredo could have stolen the points for Cádiz in the second half but couldn't steer his low drive on target. The Andalusian outfit played with two compact lines as Madrid looked to break them down. Ancelotti's team improved in the second half but were unable to find the all-important goal.
The point sees Madrid go six points clear of second-placed Sevilla at the top of LaLiga.
Real Madrid six ahead of Sevilla in second
With their point at home to Cádiz, Madrid move six points clear of Sevilla at the top of the table.
FT: Real Madrid 0-0 Cádiz
Alaba's free-kick goes straight into the wall!
Madrid have another free-kick on the edge of the box. It suits a left footer...
Benzema heads goalward but Ledesma comes out to collect.
There will be three minutes added on!
Ledesma collects another cross! 0-0
Real Madrid corner! Cádiz need to keep their concentration...
Ledesma pushes it away! It's one-way traffic now!
Vinicius tries to sneak through about six Cádiz players on the 18-yard line but they keep him out.
Cádiz break forward. Espino is flying down the left, before he cuts a cross back into the box but it's behind Cádiz's forwards. Madrid go up the other end and win a corner.
Real Madrid change:
Ledesma gets down well to stop Benzema's low free-kick. 0-0
Militao goes down on the edge of the box. It's a free-kick for Los Blancos. It could be too close to the box though! A difficult one to get up and over the wall.
It's all Madrid now. Cádiz are defending for their lives in their own 18-yard box.
Benzema goes down in the box but it's not a penalty despite his attempts to get one. Fali tells him how he feels! 0-0
Negredo goes so close!
The veteran striker hits it first time, keeps it low, but it skids just past Courtois' left-hand post. What a chance!
Madrid have attempted 674 passes to Cádiz's 150.
Madrid have 20 minutes to find all three points at the Bernabéu. Cádiz's plan is working thus far but it will be a long 20 minutes for Cervera's side.
Madrid are going for it now, with a 4-2-4 formation.
Real Madrid change:
Madrid continue to camp in Cádiz's half. The Andalusian side are set up in a very compact 5-4-1.
Luka Jovic is warming up for Madrid.
Yellow card for Juan Cala. Hazard skips away from Cala, who pulls his shirt and gets booked.
Some intricate passing between Benzema and Hazard sees the latter pick out Vinicius in the box. Akapo lunges low to block the Brazilian's cross. Great defending by the away team. Madrid are threatening more often this half.
Cádiz venture up the pitch on a rare counter attack but Negredo finds himself in an offside position.
Cádiz are defending with two very narrow lines on the edge of their area but it remains 0-0.
Madrid are pushing now. This time Casemiro opens up his body and curls an effort from distance just wide of the post.
Ledesma saves again!
Kroos crosses into the box. Hazard directs it toward goal but the Cádiz keeper pushes it to safety. He has been impressive in goal so far.
Benzema found himself one v one with Ledesma after an excellent outside-of-the-foot pass from Casemiro. Ledesma stood firm and denied Benzema's low shot.
Benzema with the best chance of the game! It turns it he is offside after all.
Fali does really well to stop Vinicius' run down the left wing.
If you're only joining us now, Madrid have found it hard to break down Cádiz in the opening half. I have a feeling Ancelotti will introduce a couple of changes quite soon as it remains 0-0.
Lozano picked up an injury at the end of the first half and has been replaced by the veteran striker, Álvaro Negredo.
Cádiz change at the break:
Real Madrid get us underway for the second half!
Karim Benzema with hugs for everyone in the tunnel at half-time. Lucas Vázquez, and a couple of Cádiz players are all receiving some Christmas love from the Madrid captain.
HT: Real Madrid 0-0 Cádiz
There will be one minute added on.
Vinicius goes down the left and finds himself with nowhere to go at the byline. Akapo clears for Cádiz.
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid is challenged by Alfonso Espino of Cádiz during the LaLiga match between Real Madrid and Cádiz at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 19, 2021 in Madrid, Spain.
Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
Ledesma has been impressive between the sticks for the Andalusian outfit. Lucas Vázquez whips another right wing cross to the back post. Ledesma is straight out to catch it and calm things down. Madrid have had shots from distance and a couple of efforts from wide crosses but apart from that, they have failed to really threaten Cádiz, whose plan is working thus far. 0-0
It's another shot from distance. Lucas comes forward from his right-back role. With plenty of space in front of him, he opts for a long distance effort that sails over Cádiz's crossbar.
Luka Modric is missing tonight and his absence from the starting eleven is quite notable. Ancelotti spoke about the Croatian in his pre-match press conference:
“He has now tested negative, but he’s still in isolation. He’s a bit tired and he’s had a high temperature. He won’t play in this weekend’s game. We’re going to have to see what the rules say after that; we’re waiting for clarification because they aren’t clear.”
Kroos takes a free-kick from the right, out near the corner flag. Ledesma comes to catch it. Not Kroos' best ever cross. 0-0
Handbags between Alejo and Mendy. The referee tells them to chill out after some pushing shoving.
Casemiro fouls Alejo just inside Madrid's half. It's a very late challenge. The Brazilian goes into the book as a result.
Alaba heads out an excellent Lozano cross from the left. Alejo receives a pass 20 yards from goal but can't keep his right-footed strike on target from a central position.
It's an excellent strike by Valverde, one that Ledesma pushes out for a corner.
Vinicius with the step over, drop of the shoulder and a low cross but Cádiz clear.
Eden Hazard is floating in a free role but has yet to really feature. AS understands that a departure from Madrid in January has been practically ruled out. The main reason for this is his family. In the coming weeks, his fifth child will be born and he wants to have it in Madrid, a city that he reportedly loves.
Madrid are starting to move through the gears. This time Mendy cuts in from the left and unleashes a right footed effort that takes a deflection and hits the roof of Ledesma's net.
Kroos picks up the ball 25 yards from goal, but he leans back and his effort goes sailing over Ledesma's bar. 0-0
It's 1st against 19th but you wouldn't know it. It is of course still very early and one would expect Benzema or Vinicius to come alive sometime soon.
Militao takes out Lozano from behind and it's a free to the away side.
A Cádiz corner from the left is cleared by Lucas Vázquez at the front post. The ball is sent back in and falls to Fali at the back post but the centre-back sends his volley over the bar. Álvaro Cervera will be pleased with his side's intention.
Kroos takes the corner. He crosses it to Valverde on the edge of the box and the Uruguayan fires the volley first time high and wide.
Real Madrid's Brazilian forward Vinicius is playing his 100th league game for Los Blancos and he has the first real chance of the game. Cádiz defender Juan Cala manages to block his effort from close range and it's a corner for Madrid.
It's all Madrid so far but the home side has yet to create any real chances of note.
Hazard has taken up a central role in the opening minutes with Valverde on the right and Vinicius on the left.
Some nice moves by Madrid early on down the right involving Valverde and Hazard.
Madrid are wearing their famous all-white kit. Cádiz are playing in yellow.
Cádiz get us underway and are playing from right to left.
And the players make their way onto the pitch at the Santiago Bernabéu.
The players are in the tunnel!
Kick-off is less than five minutes away!
Nineteen-year-old winger Peter Federico, who has been one of the star figures in Raúl González Blanco’s Real Madrid ‘B’ team, has been included in the senior squad for the first time, as Carlo Ancelotti’s covid-hit side take on Cádiz in LaLiga on Sunday.
Youth coach Xavi García Ferré, who discovered Peter eight years ago and has been a huge influence on his development, sat down with AS to look back on the player's move to Madrid as a 13-year-old - and offer the lowdown on what the Bernabéu can expect from the young Spaniard.
Cádiz struggling in LaLiga
Cádiz are currently sitting in 19th place in LaLiga with 13 points from 17 games.
Real Madrid lead the way
Real Madrid will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table today with a home win over Cádiz. Sevilla closed the gap between first and second to five points after beating Atlético Madrid 2-1 at home on Saturday.
Eden Hazard has not been able to live up to the expectations that were set when he swapped Chelsea for Real Madrid and, unfortunately for him, the large amount of credit he began with is running dry. Both that of the fans, but also that of the club.
A departure in January has been practically ruled out. The main reason for this is family. In the coming weeks his fifth child will be born and he wants to have it in Madrid, a city that he loves despite the fact that, in terms of his career, things have not gone so well for him.
Hazard makes first start for Madrid since September against Cádiz.
Kick-off at the Bernabéu is in just over 30 minutes.
Cádiz starting XI
- 1Jeremias Ledesma
- 22Luis Espino
- 15Carlos Akapo
- 14Iván Alejo
- 12Tomás Alarcón
- 21Rubén Sobrino
- 2Jens Jonsson
- 8Álex Fernández
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed one of the football transfer market’s worst-kept secrets: Real Madrid are interested in signing Norway striker Erling Haaland from the Bundesliga club.
While Florentino Pérez has been fairly vocal about the Liga giants’ intentions towards Kylian Mbappé – much to the chagrin of PSG sporting director Leonardo, who is attempting to persuade the France star to remain at the Parc des Princes – Madrid have not made any public statement regarding a move for the in-demand Haaland.
Cádiz's Uruguayan striker Alexandre Jesus Medina celebrates after scoring against Real Madrid during their match at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid on January 21, 2006.
Photo: REUTERS/Victor Fraile
Vinícius Junior will play his 100th Liga game for Real Madrid against Cádiz on Sunday evening at the Santiago Bernabéu.
The Brazilian forward made his debut for Madrid following his arrival from Flamengo, playing three minutes of the Madrid derby against Atlético in 2018. A week ago, Vinícius was again involved against Diego Simeone’s side, but this time as an undisputed starter for Carlo Ancelotti’s side and an emerging star having enjoyed his breakout season at Madrid. Two assists against Atlético took his domestic tally for the season to five, with 10 goals in 17 Liga appearances.
Real Madrid play host to Cádiz on Sunday - their penultimate game of 2021, and one which they will go into with a quarter of their squad self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.
Six players returned positive PCR tests mid-week and while Luka Modric later tested negative, he didn’t take part in Saturday’s session and has been excluded from the list.
Real Madrid vs Cádiz: Hello & welcome!
Hello and welcome to AS USA's live coverage of the LaLiga Matchday 18 fixture between Real Madrid and Cádiz at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Kick-off is at 15:00 ET / 21:00 CET.