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Off to a winning start in LaLiga

MATCH REPORT. 14/08/2021. Alberto Navarro. Photographer: Antonio Villalba

A Benzema brace and goals for Nacho and Vini Jr. clinch Real Madrid's first three points of the season with a fine second-half performance.

Ancelotti's Real Madrid side got their LaLiga campaign underway with a win at Mendizorroza. A Benzema brace and goals for Nacho and Vini Jr., all in the second half, clinched the first three points of the season against Alavés. The game kicked off at a blistering pace and the first dangerous moment fell to the home side with just six minutes gone but Rioja's effort from the edge of the box was safely dealt with by Courtois. Real Madrid responded 11 minutes on, but Hazard's whipped effort from outside the area, after Casemiro had stolen the ball back, failed to find the target. About halfway through the opening 45 minutes, Ancelotti's men began to really take charge of the encounter, with Benzema looking to make their superiority count on 32’. He brought down Militão's long pass superbly and unleashed a fierce effort from the edge of the box which flew just wide.

There was still time for one more chance before the break, but it would fall to Alavés, when Pere Pons' effort with the outside of his right boot ballooned over the crossbar. The second half was a different story altogether, with Real Madrid taking the lead almost immediately. Lucas Vázquez pulled the ball back on 48’ and Hazard's sublime back-heeled pass found Benzema, whose first-time volleyed finish from on the penalty spot was equally as impressive. Eight minutes later and the Whites doubled their lead when Modrić crossed with his left and the sliding Nacho turned the ball in with half-an-hour left to play.

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Benzema has scored the first goal in all three of Ancelotti's LaLiga campaigns as head coach.

This was Ancelotti’s side’s best spell of the clash, and on 60’ the Whites went close again when Hazard and Benzema linked up superbly inside the box, but Pacheco denied the Frenchman. But two minutes later Madrid made no mistake when Valverde burst into the Alavés half from deep, played the ball past the defender to run onto before crossing to Benzema, whose initial effort was blocked by the keeper but the Frenchman fired the rebound into the net.

Vini Jr. seals it with forth goal
Alavés refused to be defeated and on 65’ they reduced the deficit when Joselu converted a penalty after Courtois had brought down Guidetti. The visitors then hung on to pick up their first three points of the new LaLiga campaign and finished the game in style when Vinicius Jr. produced a diving header from a cross by Alaba on his official Madrid debut to make it 4-1. Next up, Ancelotti’s side head to Valencia to take on Levante at the Ciudad de Valencia on Sunday

Courtois: 100 LaLiga appearances for Real Madrid

Thibaut Courtois made his 100th LaLiga appearance for Real Madrid at Mendizorroza. The Belgian shot-stopper has kept 43 clean sheets in that time.

Alaba makes his official debut

After making his first Real Madrid appearance in his homeland in the second pre-season friendly, David Alaba made his competitive debut for our team in Vitoria. He played the full 90 minutes, laying on an assist for the fourth goal.

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Soto Grado (Rioja Committee), assisted by Álvarez Fernández and Villaseñor Julian. López Parra was the fourth official, while Estrada Fernández (Catalan Committee) was the VAR.

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