Cassimiro’s second half strike was enough to give Real Madrid a narrow win over Real Vladoid at Jose Zorilla Stadium.
Zinedine Zidan made two changes to the side that were seen from Valencia last weekend, with Lucas Vazquez and Mariano Diaz coming in for Dani Carvazal and Carin Benzema respectively. Both men were sidelined due to injury concerns.
The hosts started the game on the front foot and forced Thibut Corto in a superb double save in the 7th minute.
An open first half gave both sides good chances, though both sides failed to break the deadlock at half-time.
It was the same in the second half. Despite controlling most of Real Madrid’s occupation, they Failed to dominate.
WhitesHowever, there was a goal in 20 minutes in the second half when Cassimero had the freekick lifted home high by an impeccable Tony Cross.
The match proved to be the winner.
Although Valladolid had some presentable opportunities to draw level, Real Madrid held on to secure all three points and move closer to Atletico Madrid.
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Orellana had another great chance to score 10 minutes into the second half to cross the ball into the ground after Ferland Mendy’s ailing time.
The 35-year-old, however, stood up straight at the Real Madrid goalkeeper when he really should have fared better.
Overall, the hosts had nine out of five shots on target, compared to two on the target registered by the previous winner.
In the end, elite sides like Real Madrid give you a chance when you fail to take your chances and Real Vladoid saw it first hand.
Published 21 February 2021 09:39 AM