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Big win for Real Madrid in Granada

MATCH REPORT. 21/11/2021. Photographer: Helios de la Rubia

Asensio, Nacho, Vini Jr., and Mendy were all on target to underline our team's superiority.

Real Madrid picked up where they left off. A good performance from our team who bring home three points from the Nuevo Los Cármenes to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches and top the table. Asensio, Nacho, Vini Jr. and Mendy were the goalscorers against Granada, but it was a solid team effort that stood out. With just 3 minutes on the clock, Modrić played in Asensio, who delivered from the byline to Benzema whose header came close. Vini Jr. then tried his luck from outside the box with the first effort on target of the game.

The Whites gradually forced Granada back into their half and that was soon reflected on the scoreboard.  with 19 minutes played Vini Jr. won back the ball from Puertas in midfield, Kroos picked out Asensio's deep run and the Spaniard made no mistake to finish past Maximiano. Ancelotti's men doubled their lead shortly after with a great move. Kroos drilled in a low delivery from the corner to Modrić, who played it back to him, and the German picked out Nacho, whose first-time shot flew in off the crossbar. A lightning-quick counter-attack saw Benzema and Vini Jr. link up as they looked to kill off the game, but Soro cleared Asensio's shot off the line.

Video.1-4: Big win for Real Madrid in Granada

From having the third goal at their fingertips, it was suddenly 2-1 when Luis Suárez reduced the deficit on 34 minutes. His long-range effort took a deflection off Nacho which sent it flying into the back of the net, leaving Courtois with no chance. The goal breathed new life into Granada and they swiftly crafted another chance to level before the break, but the Belgian goalkeeper kept out a vicious Gonalons effort. After the interval, normal service resumed as Madrid reasserted their dominance. Another two quality moves by Vini Jr. set up first Carvajal (47’) and then Kroos (50’) to get shots off, but both narrowly failed to find the top corner. 

Picture-perfect team goal
The best move of the afternoon then culminated in a sublime goal. Benzema led the counter attack, driving into the area and cleverly waiting for Modrić to arrive from deep. With everyone expecting the Croatian maestro to shoot, he took the defence by surprise and laid the ball to Vini Jr. with the outside of his boot for the Brazilian to turn into an empty net and make it 3-1. Monchu was sent off with 67 on the clock for a reckless tackle on the forward. Rodrygo came on and then with 15 minutes to go, Mendy tried his luck once again and this time, found the back of the net to make it 4-1. Ancelotti brought on Camavinga, Isco, Jović and Vallejo before the end but with the result in the bag, Madrid now turn their attentions to Wednesday’s Champions League encounter.

Mendy records his first goal of the season

Mendy netted his first goal of the season at Nuevo Los Cármenes, the same place he bagged his first goal for Real Madrid, with whom he has now scored four goals, two of which, have come against Granada.



The referee

Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee), assisted by Martínez Munuera and Villate Martínez. Tárraga Lajara was the fourth official, while Estrada Fernández (Catalan Committee) was the VAR.