REPORT | 25/09/2019 | Alberto NavarroThe two Brazilian players set up the third consecutive victory in the league against Osasuna.
- La Liga
- Matchday 6
Zidane made changes to his starting XI, bringing in Areola, who made his Real Madrid bow, alongside Militão, Nacho, Valverde, Lucas Vázquez, Jović, Vinicius Jr. and Odriozola after the win against Sevilla on Sunday. And it was full-back Odriozola who was involved in the first chance of the match. The right-back went running down the wing with 18 minutes gone to see his cross directed goal-bound by the visiting defender Raúl Navas, but Rubén, in the Osasuna goal, showed great reflexes to keep it out. The rebound fell to Jović, whose acrobatic effort went just over. A minute later, Kroos tried his luck from the edge of the area with a well-struck left-footed shot.
By this stage, Real Madrid deserved to be in front and the breakthrough duly came in the 36th minute and some strike it was too. Vinicius Jr. picked the ball up on the edge of the area, took one look up and unleashed a sweet curling effort that flew past the visitors' goalkeeper. The scores remained the same up until the break and the Whites continued to pose a goal threat after the restart. Estupiñán's misplaced pass was pounced upon by Lucas Vázquez in the 50th minute and he picked out Jović, who contrived to fire over with only Rubén to beat. The Serbian hitman made no mistake eight minutes later after once again being superbly found by Vázquez, but the VAR system was consulted and his effort was chalked off for offside.
The minutes ticked by and the Whites continued to drive forward. In the 71st minute, Rodrygo entered the fray and changed the whole complexion of the game. Casemiro launched a sublime pass from one side of the pitch to the other and the debutant, with his first touch of the night, brought the ball under his spell brilliantly, before weaving into the area, cutting inside and slotting the ball into the far corner of the net. This was a goal made in Brazil and the forward's Madrid career couldn't have got off to a better start. That effort put the contest to bed, although there was still time for the hosts to fashion another opening. Kroos sent in a corner in the 86th minute that the leaping Jović flicked on and Rodrygo came just a whisker away from notching his second of the night. This victory sees Real Madrid head into Saturday's derby trip to the Metropolitano top of the pile.