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Real Madrid v Deportivo Alavés Live Commentary & Result, 28/11/2020, Primera División

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Alaves move up to ninth with the victory, now only four points behind Madrid, who remain fourth. Next up for Alaves is a game against the league leaders Real Sociedad. Meanwhile Madrid turn their attentions to the Champions League on Tuesday, as they travel to Shaktar Donetsk. Their next LaLiga game is against Sevilla.

Madrid are now three games without a win in LaLiga after a 2-1 defeat against Alaves, following goals from Perez and Joselu. It took just four minutes for Alaves to double their lead after the restart, with Joselu taking advantage of a huge mistake by Courtois. Madrid pushed hard to try and get back into the game, but their goal didn’t come until the 85th minute through Casemiro. Isco almost made it 2-2 with the final kick of the game, but his effort hit the crossbar.


90′ + 6′ OFF THE CROSSBAR! Isco with a superb curling effort from the edge of the penalty area, trying to get it into the top right-hand corner of the net. However, it strikes the top of the bar and bounces out of play.

90′ + 5′ Final minute of stoppage time now, this is the final chance for Madrid to try and find an equaliser.

90′ + 3′ The visitors are slowing the pace down at every opportunity now, taking their time with any set pieces and throw-ins to try and run down the clock.

90′ + 1′ Another late Alaves substitution, which sees Joselu come off and he has been replaced by Deyverson.

90′ There will be a minimum of five minutes added time played.

89′ SAVE! Courtois with a terrific stop to deny Lopez from scoring a third and wrapping up the win for Alaves! The visitors caught Madrid out at the back and raced forward on the counter, with Lopez sprinting down the left wing and then after being fed the ball, he drills a shot towards goal, but Courtois is equal to it.

88′ The other change sees Perez come off and he has been replaced by Sainz.

88′ Double substitution for the visitors, with Rioja heading off the pitch and he has been replaced by Lopez.

Edgar Méndez

Yellow Card

88′ Méndez is booked for a late challenge on Casemiro.

86′ GOOOAAALLL! Madrid pull one back late on, it’s 2-1! Casemiro with a tap in from close range after Vinicius sees his shot superbly saved by Pacheco, but the keeper can’t hold it and the rebound falls straight to the feet of Casemiro, who slots it home from just a couple of yards out.

83′ OFF THE LINE! Lejeune with a superb clearance to head the ball off the goal line as Mariano’s header seemed to be destined for the back of the net. A cross came in from the right wing and the striker rose above the Alaves defenders at the far post and he really should’ve scored.

81′ The pressure is building from Madrid now, they have less than 10 minutes to try and find two goals. They seem to be getting closer.

79′ Real Madrid have lost only one of their 31 games against Basque teams in LaLiga with Zidane as coach (W25 D5), with that defeat coming at Real Sociedad in May 2019. 

77′ Alaves now with their first substitution of the game, with Pina the man coming off and he has been replaced by Mendez.

Rubén Duarte

Yellow Card

76′ Duarte is now booked for his poor challenge on Rodrygo down the the right wing.

75′ Not too far away! Vazquez once again gets forward down the right wing and cuts inside onto his left foot, before firing an effort towards goal, but his shot doesn’t have enough curl on it and it flies just wide.

73′ CLOSE! Vazquez cuts inside from the right wing and flicks the ball to Isco, who passes to Rodrygo and he dribbles into the box and drills a low strike towards the bottom left-hand corner of the net. However, it flies just inches past the post, with Pacheco scrambling across to try and get to it.

71′ Madrid haven’t tested Pacheco in the Alaves goal for a while now, with the five man defence doing an excellent job of keeping them at bay.

69′ Good chance! Joselu with another opportunity, as he is played through by Perez following a quick counter, but he skies his effort high over the crossbar.

69′ Another Madrid substitution sees Marcelo replaced by Mendy.

69′ Modric is also brought off, with Odegaard his replacement.

69′ Madrid make a triple substitution here, with Kroos of one the players coming off and he has been replaced by Isco.

67′ Rioja is the first Alaves player to be booked after he goes down in the penalty area, claiming to have been caught by a Madrid defender. However, there was no contact and Rioja dived to try and win the penalty.

66′ Joselu has now scored four goals in five games against Real Madrid in LaLiga, including the first of his two braces in the competition, with Deportivo de La Coruna at Santiago Bernabeu in December 2016. 

64′ CHANCE! Great opportunity for Alaves to make it 3-0! The visitors catch Madrid out on the counter and Perez races clear, he cuts inside and then drills a shot towards goal, but Courtois does well to make the save. The second opportunity then falls to Joselu but that is blocked and Madrid clear the danger.

Vinícius Júnior


63′ Madrid make a substitution now, with Asensio the man coming off and he has been replaced by Vinicius.

61′ Kroos is booked after hacking down Battaglia as he looked to break away. The midfielder had a few nibbles at the Alaves man before bringing him down.

60′ Alaves are penned inside their own half at the moment, with everyone back behind the ball, including Perez, as they soak up the Madrid pressure.

58′ Mariano hasn’t been able to get on the ball much for Madrid today, you can sense that they are missing the presence of Karim Benzema up front, who may be fit enough to feature in the Champions League in midweek.

56′ Still no sign of any changes for Madrid here, they need to do something if they are to get back into the game as Alaves look like they could go on and score a third.

54′ SAVE! Kroos with a terrific strike from the edge of the penalty area, side footing the ball towards the bottom right-hand corner of the net. However, Pacheco gets across well and makes a diving save to push it out wide.

52′ Alaves remain unbeaten in their last two away games in LaLiga (W1 D1) and haven’t played three or more consecutive matches without a defeat on the road in the competition since February-March 2019 (3). 

50′ It’s a howler from Courtois, who will be kicking himself with that mistake. Madrid had started the second half well, getting forward into the final third, but now they find themselves 2-0 down.

49′ GOOOAAALLL! Alaves double their lead, it’s 2-0! Huge mistake by Courtois! The Madrid keeper tries to play a pass out to Casemiro, but he gets it all wrong and it goes straight to Joselu, who then has an open goal to aim at from 20 yards out and he just slides it into the back of the net.

48′ Bright start here by Madrid, they’ve won a couple of corners, the latest coming after Nacho sees his cross blocked from the byline. Can they create something?

46′ The second half is under way!

The visitors have played well and look very dangerous at times, catching Madrid out at the back, who don’t look very comfortable. There is an injury worry to concern Zidane as well, with Hazard limping off midway through the half.

Alaves lead 1-0 at the break thanks to a fifth-minute penalty by Perez, after Nacho handled the ball in the area by blocking a header from Laguardia. The visitors had an excellent chance to double their lead when Perez raced through on goal, but he was superbly denied by Courtois. Meanwhile Hazard and Kroos both went close to Madrid, but were denied by equally excellent saves by Pacheco.


45′ There will be a minimum of one minute added time played at the end of the first half.

44′ Late corner for Madrid here as Asensio’s cross is blocked and goes out of play. In the build up to that corner, Marcelo appealed for a penalty after he collided with Laguardia in the box. However, there was nothing in that and the referee waves away his appeals.

42′ There’s not long left to play before the end of the first half now, can Madrid get an equaliser before the half-time whistle?

40′ Decent effort! Mariano rises highest in the box after a cross in from the right by Vazquez and powers a header down towards goal, but again it is too close to Pacheco, who makes a good save.

39′ CHANCE! Huge opportunity for Madrid to get back into the lead! Alaves lose possession right on the edge of their own box and Kroos picks it up and races into the penalty area and only has Pacheco to beat. The midfielder tries to drill it into the bottom left-hand corner of the net, but the keeper makes a terrific stop with his feet to deny him. Kroos then picks up the rebound, but again his shot is denied by the keeper.

37′ Alaves’s Perez has now scored in his last three LaLiga games (three goals in total), after failing to score in his previous 15 in the competition. 

35′ Madrid just don’t seem to have enough up front at the moment to open up this Alaves defence, who look pretty comfortable here.

33′ Blocked! Casemiro with a strike towards goal on the volley after a lay off on the edge of the box by Kroos. However his strike is well blocked and the Alaves defence clear the immediate danger.

31′ We’re past the half an hour mark here and it remains Alaves who lead 1-0, thanks to the early penalty after just five minutes by Perez.

29′ Apart from the earlier chance, Hazard hasn’t been involved much so far and it looks like he has been taken off with an injury, as he is now limping off around the side of the pitch.

28′ Early substitution here by Madrid, with Hazard coming off and he has been replaced by Rodrygo.

26′ There is a very good pace to the game, with both teams trying to push forward and score, with Alaves still looking the more dangerous, but Madrid are starting to edge the possession now.

24′ CHANCE! Huge chance for Perez to double his sides lead! The striker races through on goal with only Courtois to beat after a quick counter and he tries to chip the ball over the top of the keeper, but Courtois remains on his feet and makes an excellent save to push the ball away to safety.

22′ Alaves have looked dangerous at set pieces, they’ve won a few already and Madrid haven’t looked particularly comfortable at any of them.

20′ SAVE! Hazard with a great chance to level the scoreline, but he is superbly denied by Pacheco! The winger picks up the ball around the half way line, sprints forward past a couple of defenders and then fires a shot at goal. However, the Alaves keeper reads it well and makes a strong stop. The rebound falls back to Hazard, but his is tackled and goes down in the box appealing for a penalty, but nothing is given.

18′ The first yellow card of the game is shown to Casemiro for his late sliding challenge on Perez, with the Madrid midfielder flying into the challenge and catching the striker.

17′ Alaves now go up the other end and win a corner of their own, but this time it comes to nothing and Madrid get rid of the immediate danger. However, the visitors keep the ball and the pressure continues to build.

15′ CHANCE! The corner delivery into the box is a good one by Kross and Mariano rises highest to meet it in the middle of the box and he powers a header towards goal. However, it is too close to Pacheco, who makes a good save. Either side of the keeper and that may have been going in.

15′ Madrid with their first corner of the game now, with Vazquez getting forward down the right wing and he tries to whip a cross into the penalty area, but it is well blocked by Duarte.

14′ Pacheco is called into action for the first time in the Alaves goal, after Marcelo’s cross from the left wing flies dangerously close to the near post and the keeper has to gather. He spills on the first time, but quickly gathers.

12′ At home, Real Madrid have played 15 games against Alaves in LaLiga, winning 14 of them and keeping a clean sheet in the last five. Their only loss came in May 2000 (0-1). 

10′ Madrid have barely ventured into the Alaves final third so far. The visitors are playing five at the back and they are doing an excellent job of closing the space and not allowing their opponents any opportunities.

8′ Blocked! Rioja finds plenty of space down the left as Alaves hit Madrid on the counter-attack and he comes inside slightly, before firing an effort towards goal. However, Vazquez gets across well and makes the block, sending the ball out for a corner.

7′ Madrid are just starting to see some possession of their own now, they barely touched the ball in the opening five minutes and they now find themselves a goal down as well.

Lucas Pérez

Penalty Goal

5′ GOOOAAALLL! Alaves lead, it’s 1-0! Perez smashes the ball into the back of the net from the penalty spot. Courtois dived the right way, but there was too much power on the shot and he couldn’t get to it fast enough to make the save.

4′ ALAVES PENALTY! The hosts win the first corner of the game, which is whipped towards the far post and Laguardia powers a header towards goal, which is blocked by the arm of Nacho. The referee immediately points to the spot. The defender turned as he went to block the effort, but his arm was far out from his body and it clearly made contact.

3′ Alaves with the early possession here, they are keeping the ball well in the middle of the pitch and making Madrid sit back and defend, just soaking up the pressure.

The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all of the match action!

Meanwhile Alaves name the same starting line-up that drew with Valencia last weekend. They went 2-0 up very early on in that game, with Navarro and Perez scoring to give them a comfortable lead, but Valencia hit back in the second half and scored two goals in five minutes to share the points.

Zinedine Zidane makes three changes to his side that beat Inter during the week, with Dani Carvajal out injured and Mendy and Odegaard dropping to the bench. They have been replaced by Marcelo, Casemiro and Asensio.

DEPORTIVO ALAVES SUBS: Adrian Marin, Sergi Garcia, Martin Aguirregabriria, Antonio Sivera, Edgar Mendez, Borja Sainz, John Guidetti, Tomas Tavares, Rodrigo Ely, Deyverson, Tachi, Javi Lopez.

DEPORTIVO ALAVES (5-3-2): Fernando Pacheco; Ximo Navarro, Victor Laguardia, Florian Lejeune, Ruben Duarte, Luis Rioja; Jota, Rodrigo Battaglia, Thomas Pina; Lucas Perez, Joselu.

REAL MADRID SUBS: Isco, Ferland Mendy, Vinicius Junior, Andriy Lunin, Eder Militao, Martin Odegaard, Rodrygo, Diego Altube.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, Raphael Varane Marcelo; Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Mariano, Eden Hazard.

Meanwhile Alaves are 15th, but they are unbeaten in their last four games, having beaten Valladolid and then drawn three consecutive games against Barcelona, Levante and Valencia, so they may fancy their chances against the LaLiga champions today.

Real Madrid need to bounce back from two disappointing games in LaLiga, after suffering a 4-1 defeat against Valencia and then a 1-1 draw with Villarreal last weekend, which leaves them fourth in the table. They did however manage to secure a 2-0 victory over Inter in the Champions League in midweek, thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Achraf Hakimi.

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