Real Madrid return to winning ways

Francis Osborne
Сентября 24, 2017

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has scoffed at claims of their title challenge already being over.

Alaves looked set to extend Madrid's patchy start to the season when captain Manu Garcia equalised before the break, but Ceballos quickly responded with his second to help secure just a third win in six league matches.

Ronaldo came close to sending Real Madrid 3-1 ahead early in the second period after collecting a brilliant pass from Carvajal, but the attacker sent his low effort just wide of the post. His powerful header from a cross by Munir El Haddadi was the Basque Country club's first goal of the season. Marco Asensio played in Ceballos, who cleverly cut the ball back before finishing the chance for the lead.

Sergio Ramos almost doubled the visitors' lead after Cristiano Ronaldo cleverly chipped a free kick into the box, but the unmarked defender had his header saved. However, three minutes later, Ceballos again bring Madrid winning 2-1.

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Ramos did have the ball in the back of the Alaves net moments later, but the centre-back's header was chalked off by the referee following a foul inside the home side's penalty box.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned for Real Madrid, who were looking for a home win after two consecutive draws in the Liga Santander in front of their fans on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

A determined Ronaldo hit the upright again with a wonderful curling strike, before a rare attack at the other end saw Alaves likewise hit the woodwork as Alfonso Pedraza's shot deflected beyond Navas and against the crossbar.

Real Madrid will now switch their attention to the Champions League as they prepare to travel to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

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