Alavés - Real Madrid

1-2: Mendizorroza victory secures top spot

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REPORT | 30/11/2019 | Alberto Navarro

Goals from Ramos and Carvajal were enough to see off Alavés and hand Real Madrid three important points.
  • La Liga
  • Matchday 15
  • Sat, 30 Nov
Estadio de Mendizorroza
Real Madrid recorded three big points at Mendizorroza to move top of the LaLiga standings, at least for the time being. This was a hard-fought and deserved triumph that saw Madrid become the first visiting side to have scored twice on Alavés's patch. The victory was secured in the second period, which witnessed all three goals of the game.

Although the hosts were first to pose a threat on goal after a penalty appeal following an incident involving Aleix Vidal and Militão, it was the madridistas who carried the biggest threat in the opening exchanges. With 10 minutes on the clock, Isco swung in a cross that Ximo Navarro, in his efforts to clear his lines, diverted on to his own post. Eight minutes later, Dani Carvajal caught the hosts by surprise after he ghosted in behind the defence and the wing-back laid the ball back to Isco, whose effort from inside the area flew over the bar.

Real Madrid were now dominating proceedings as they sought to find a way through a congested home defence. The visitors tried to unlock the Alavés rearguard with countless diagonal balls, whilst on 30' a quickly taken Gareth Bale throw-in picked out Karim Benzema, who knocked the ball on towards the edge of the box with a first-time pass that found Isco, whose shot was gathered in by Pacheco. In the 37th minute, a long-range effort from Casemiro saw Madrid come even closer but the hosts' goalkeeper pulled off a fine save.

Fourteen Real Madrid players have been on target this term.

Everything changed after the break and Real Madrid found a way through the Alavés resistance with a set-piece. With the rain falling heavily, Toni Kroos delivered the free-kick with 52 minutes on the clock and Ramos got up to turn the header home and beat Pacheco with his third goal of the LaLiga campaign. In the 64th minute, the referee gave a penalty against the captain for a foul on Joselu and Lucas Pérez equalised from the spot. 

Carvajal's winning goal 
Real Madrid had to react and did so with a goal just five minutes later. Modric crossed on 69', Isco almost scored but was kept out first by Pacheco and then the post, before Carvajal arrived to put it away. From there, the Whites kept themselves in front to pick up a hard-fought victory in a game that lasted until the 98th minute. They could even have extend their lead in the 96th minute, but Fede Valverde's shot, with just Pacheco to beat, went wide of the upright.