After collecting only one point from their last two La Liga matches, a draw against Girona (1-1) and a surprising defeat on the ground of the neighbor, the Rayo Vallecano (2-3), Real had to react absolutely with a success at Santiago-Bernabeu, this Thursday. Carlo Ancelotti’s men, second in La Liga, managed to get it, but not without difficulty, by dominating with difficulty the 19th, Cadiz, to return to two points behind the leader, FC Barcelona.
Despite a game lacking in fluidity, the absence of Karim Benzema, who is still taking care of his left thigh, being clearly felt, Real had still taken the lead at the break. Not really dangerous until then, because there had been only a few timid attempts – Rodrygo (5th), Modric (25th), Valverde (28th) – the people of Madrid were able to show realism on their only real opportunity. On the second half of a corner, Kroos sent a perfect cross on the head of Militao completely lonely and author of his third goal of the season in La Liga (41st).
Luka Modric’s incredible failure!
Cadiz, who was threatening on two very long shots – from Espino (12th, from 33 meters, touching the bar) and from Fali (45th + 2, from 40 meters, above) – and who had resisted well , before cracking just before the break, was he going to dive mentally afterwards?
Not really, because even after being logically (Vazquez and Valverde ayan had clear chances, 48th, 54th) trailing 2-0 after a superb volley from Toni Kroos on a bad dismissal (70th), eye-catching visitors did not renounced.
And the unmissable opportunity missed by Luka Modric (79th) on a caviar from Vinicius – the Croat resuming alongside when he was alone five meters from the empty goal! – could have cost Los Blancos dearly. Because after the reduction of the score of Lucas Perez (82nd), Espino had a big ball of 2-2 in additional time, on a pretty ladle of Ngeredo, but he sent his head above (90th + 3). ..