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Alavés - Real Madrid

1-2: Ceballos brace bags the win at Mendizorroza

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REPORT | 23/09/2017 | Alberto Navarro

Real Madrid claimed the three points against Alavés in a game which saw plenty of goal scoring opportunities.
  • La Liga
  • Matchday 6
  • 23/09/2017
Real Madrid bagged a win at Mendizorroza and racked up their 12th win away from home in the league. It took ten minutes for the reigning LaLiga champions to find the opener. Cristiano passed to Asensio, whose cross found Ceballos, who easily beat Rodrigo Ely before placing the ball out of Pacheco's reach with a gilt-edged right footed shot. The Andalusian midfielder was delighted to score his first goal for the Whites.

The hardest step was already done but the madridistas wanted to turn the screw further before the break and nearly did so after half an hour played. Asensio sent in another cross for Lucas Vázquez who was waiting at the front post, but his effort ballooned over on 27 minutes. Nacho had a much better chance just four minutes later. Isco sent in a corner and the youth teamer's powerful header was just about cleared by Pacheco.

Tense moments
The end of the first half gave us the most exhilarating moments. Burgui started off a great play on 40’, passing to Munir who was able to cross in for Manu García to head home the equaliser. Alavés' lead was short lived as Real Madrid managed to find a goal just three minutes later. Carvajal crossed in, Pacheco fumbled the ball and Ceballos was able to capitalise on his error, slotting home from the edge of the box to round off his brace.

Real Madrid are the first team to go 33 games scoring away from home in LaLiga.

The second half got off to a more lively start. Indeed, with just two minutes on the clock, Cristiano Ronaldo fired in an effort which crashed against the upright. The chances continued to come thick and fast for the Whites, who on 55' carved out another clear-cut opening. A long ball over the top from Varane found Isco, who majestically brought the ball down on his chest, but failed to finish with just Pacheco to beat.

Ronaldo denied by the woodwork for a second time 
It appeared as if would just be a matter of time before the visitors got the goal which would afford them some breathing space and it looked destined to come on 63' following a sequence of play involving Ronaldo. He expertly got away from Duarte down the right, only for his thumping left-footed effort to hit the woodwork. However, on 70' Alavés produced a reaction and after his shot was blocked by Varane, Pedraza's follow-up effort struck the crossbar.

The chances continued to come and go at both ends. A stunning piece of control from Isco to bring the ball down on 74' subsequently saw Pacheco fail to deal with the Málaga-born midfielder's centre but Ramos contrived to fire over with the goal at his mercy. The hosts looked to hit back, with Pedraza's effort when one-on-one against Keylor Navas coming back off the post. From that point on, Real Madrid maintained possession and managed to avoid any scares and indeed, could have claimed a third had it not been for Pacheco's saves to deny Lucas Vázquez and Ronaldo. Attentions in the Madrid camp now turn to Tuesday's trip to Borussia Dortmund.