A wasteful Real Madrid slumped to a goalless draw towards La Liga strugglers Cadiz on Sunday night.
Real had six coronavirus-enforced absences to deal with forward of the sport with Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Andriy Lunin, Rodrygo, Luka Modric and Marcelo all compelled to sit out.
They appeared to miss Modric’s imaginative and prescient in midfield as they struggled to break down a cussed Cadiz aspect, who threw themselves in entrance of all the things to earn themselves a really spectacular level.
Real loved whole domination within the first half, registering a whopping 82% possession, however clear-cut possibilities have been at a premium.
Toni Kroos, Ferland Mendy and Federico Valverde all fired off promising long-range efforts, however none have been ready to discover the breakthrough.
The closest Los Blancos went to scoring got here when Karim Benzema’s cutback brought about led to a goalmouth scramble, however Cadiz simply managed to divert it clear.
In the second half Real threatened with extra regularity, with Eden Hazard flicking a header straight at Jeremias Ledesma from shut vary and Vinicius Junior having a fierce effort saved earlier than the hour mark.
Real’s wastefulness was practically punished quarter-hour from time when Cadiz produced an incisive counter assault, however when the ball broke to Alvaro Negredo he might solely drag it the fallacious aspect of the submit.
Buoyed by their house crowd, Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect continued to press till the tip with Benzema watching his free kick get parried away and Hazard having a penalty declare waved away.
Real couldn’t discover that all-important objective although, regardless of accumulating an xG worth of two.83 in whole. The end result strikes them six factors clear on the high of the desk, however second-place Sevilla have a recreation in hand.
Here are your Real participant ratings…
Alaba was not a busy man / Angel Martinez/GettyImages
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 6/10 – A spectator for almost all of the sport.
Lucas Vazquez (RB) – 6/10 – Loose in possession within the first half, spoiling a number of promising assaults. Recovered effectively after the break.
Eder Militao (CB) – 7/10 – Spotless in possession and really hardly ever compelled into any defending.
David Alaba (CB) – 7/10 – An extraordinarily snug night. Pushed ahead increasingly more as issues grew more and more determined.
Ferland Mendy (LB) – 6/10 – Pushed ahead always and created overloads. A bit too set off completely happy along with his photographs.
Valverde began in Luka Modric’s absence / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
Federico Valverde (CM) – 5/10 – Brought in for Modric and struggled to replicate his affect. A bit too keen to shoot from vary.
Casemiro (CM) – 6/10 – Picked up an early yellow which guidelines him out of the Athletic Club recreation on Wednesday. Kept Real ticking over.
Toni Kroos (CM) – 7/10 – Tried to break down the cussed Cadiz along with his exact switches of play. His lengthy passing was distinctive all evening. Finished with eight key passes. It’s ridiculous he didn’t decide up an help.
Hazard performed the complete 90 minutes / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/GettyImages
Eden Hazard (RW) – 7/10 – A promising efficiency in a uncommon begin. Produced some good touches and concerned in some intricate link-up play on the sting of the field.
Karim Benzema (ST) – 6/10 – Led the road with depth and linked up effectively with Hazard on a number of events. Did not get the rub of the inexperienced.
Vinicius Junior (LW) – 6/10 – Quiet early on however actually threatened after the break. Cadiz’s nice defending prevented him scoring, although.
Luka Jovic (ST) – 6/10 – Involved in a number of good moments after approaching.
Nacho (CB) – N/A
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