REPORT | 05/11/2017 | Javier GarcíaA spectacular goal from Asensio with Casemiro and Isco also on the scoresheet saw Real Madrid pick up the win against UD Las Palmas.
- La Liga
- Matchday 11
The Whites dominated from the very first whistle. Karim Benzema got things under way with a one-on-one which keeper Lizoain kept out. Vitolo looked to hit back for the visitors with a shot that was kept out by a combination of Kiko Casilla and Jesús Vallejo. Even with a slow pace to the game, the Whites went in search of the opening goal. Isco, again one of the most influential players on the pitch, was setting things up, with Cristiano coming close from inside the area. The Portuguese forward struck the first of a series of efforts from outside the area by Real Madrid players. Nacho and Asensio also tried their luck from distance.
The goal certainly took its time in coming, but after another headed effort from Ronaldo and a Marcelo strike that went wide of the upright, Casemiro finally put the hosts in front. There were 41 minutes on the clock when Marco Asensio floated in a corner which Jonathan Calleri only managed to flick on and Casemiro was on hand to nod the ball home. The goal was just rewards after Zinedine Zidane's charges had enjoyed the lion's share of possession and chances in the opening 45 minutes.
Asensio's stunning strike
After the half-time interval the complexion of the game totally changed. Real Madrid came out with greater intent and moved up through the gears, with this intensity reflected in the number of goalscoring chances created. In one of the hosts' forays forward, Casemiro was felled by Macedo in a move that proceeded the moment of the match. With 56 minutes gone Lizoain's clearance from a right-wing cross fell to the feet of Asensio, who unleashed a thunderous left-footed effort which flew into the top corner.
Now two goals to the good, the Whites continued to drive forward in a bid to further extend their lead. The next chances fell to Marcelo and Toni Kroos, with the German's effort well palmed out by the visitors' goalkeeper. On 70' Ronaldo came a whisker away from finding the far corner with an effort that shaved the upright. Four minutes later, the Portuguese forward provided the assist for Isco to finish off a counter-attack straight out of the textbook. The Whites, who were by far the better side in the second period, continued to look to add to their lead, with Sergio Ramos seeing his effort strike the crossbar on 82'. Ultimately Madrid ran out 3-0 winners to return to winning ways ahead of the international break.