VALLADOLID (EFE) – The insistence of Casemiro, who, in his third attempt, managed to score with a header, gave the victory to a Real Madrid that suffered more than necessary against a Real Valladolid that showed impudence and desire and that, at its best The moment of the game was cut short after the goal by the Spanish-Brazilian player that leaves Zinedine Zidane’s team three points behind Atlético Madrid’s leadership.
Madrid made it clear from the start that they did not want surprises. Aware that he could not fail any more and that he had a great opportunity to cut the disadvantage with the leadership after the stumble of Atlético Madrid. came out pressing. The locals did not allow themselves to be intimidated and, the first time they had available, they created danger. So much so that if it weren’t for Courtois’ performance, they would have opened the scoring in the 7th minute.
Orellana managed to finish off and the rejection of the Belgian goal reached Janko, whose shot also deflected Courtois to a corner. The tension remained after the corner kick, as Alcaraz also tried to surprise the Real Madrid goalkeeper, without success. A hopeful start for the Blanquivioleta team. The Belgian goal supported Real Madrid.
Valladolid was brave. Real Madrid awaited the failure of the rival, Modric printed dynamism and the individual quality was evidenced in plays such as Kroos’ pass on Asensio, whose uncheck was offside. But it was Real Valladolid who fought the hardest, looking for surprise.
Vinicius began to claim prominence with his overflows, and the local defense had to work hard to stop him. Mariano, who came out to replace Benzemá, also wanted to vindicate himself and, although he scored, he did so in a clear offside. There was no time for relaxation in one area or another.
Casemiro lamented after missing a clear opportunity. His comfortable header, after a free kick in which he beat Bruno, went well above the goal defended by Masip. There wasn’t time for much more. The game was open and, with that good image offered by Real Valladolid, the break was reached with the initial 0-0.
With the same 22 players, the match was resumed, under the same parameters as in the previous one. With a well-intentioned Real Valladolid, who had a great opportunity to open the scoring, after a defensive failure by the visiting team, but again Courtois prevented the local goal, by clearing Orellana’s point-blank shot.
Before, Casemiro was left alone in the auction after a corner and, again, he went wide. But it was the Valladolid people who showed the most offensive bite, insistently looking for the Madrid area. But, once again, when the Blanquivioleta team was playing better, the rival’s goal arrived.
At the third time they say it is the charm, and Casemiro achieved an effective header after a corner, which surprised Masip, thus raising the first goal to the electronic score. Sergio González moved the bench, bringing in two forwards: Weissman and Kodro, to seek the tie, shortly after Zidane introduced Isco, Hugo Duro and Arribas.
But the changes did not imply any variation in the future of the clash and, although the Valladolid people threw the rest in search of a point, they could do nothing to prevent the triumph of Madrid, which thus cuts the leader’s points, after their stumble against Levante .