Insufficient draw in Santiago Bernabeu so much for Real Madrid like for him Elche. The Whites equalized in the final ten minutes after going 0-2 down on the scoreboard despite dominating in the first half. Modric penalty and Military with a header they counteracted the goals of Lucas Boye Y Pears Milla that surprised the leader of The League. Second comeback of the Ancelotti against the franjiverde box in just three days. [Narración y estadísticas: Real Madrid 2-2 Elche]
Carlo Ancelotti introduced numerous changes -with the return of Courteous, Military and Benzema– Regarding the confrontation last Thursday. The main novelty was the ownership of Hazard, in another opportunity for redemption for the Belgian after dipping in the Martinez Valero three days ago. The ilicitanos, without their coach Francisco, which is still low due to the Covid, visited the meringue fiefdom wanting to overcome the cupbearer blow.
The Santiago Bernabeu I was already going to experience a host of emotions before the initial whistle for the offer of Marcelo from Spain Supercup recently won and, above all, for the heartfelt tribute to Paco Gento. Emotional farewell to the deceased legend with the Real Madrid players wearing the shirt of La Galerna, two great tifos in the stands and his classic elastic in midfield accompanied by his 23 titles as a white footballer.
The game started and soon it was under the control of the home side. vinicius he almost opened the scoring in the 11th minute, in which the Bernabéu fans remembered Gento again. The tribute would have been round with the Brazilian’s goal, which was not due to Edgar Badía’s save.
The argument of the match was clear and during the first half Madrid’s chances and the visiting goalkeeper’s saves would continue to happen at the same time. The whites had them of all colors, the best of them being a shot by Benzema that was preceded by a splendid control of the back. to the collegiate De Burgos Bengoetxea He pointed out a penalty on Vinicius that Karim failed to send the ball into the clouds.
Madrid had everything in their face, but they couldn’t finish off. As data, Benzema had not missed a single penalty as a Real Madrid footballer (before he scored 16) and the team had been scoring 34 consecutively since May 2018.
Elche put the ones they had
Today was not the day for Ancelotti’s men and it became clear when in the 42nd minute Elche scored in the first one they had. Fidel, who entered the field for the injured Tete Morente, sneaked down the left wing and put in a cross that Lucas Boyé finished off the goal. between military and a Alaba who arrived late to the coverage, the Argentine striker headed to put the score 0-1.
Madrid would still have two more chances in the first half that Badía disrupted. The white players went into the break with their aim very poorly tuned and below on the scoreboard. The leader, who had had very clear shooting situations for 45 minutes, was forced to seek a comeback as happened last Thursday.
The second half had another penalty for Real Madrid very soon (min. 50), this one against Hazard, which De Burgos Bengoetxea annulled when seeing the VAR. But things were not going well for the locals, who now did not test the Elche goalkeeper with the same frequency. To make matters worse, Benzema fell injured due to muscle problems and had to leave his place Luka Jovic before arriving at game time.
Without their ‘9’, it was even more difficult for Madrid to add the three points. Ancelotti went on the attack giving entry to Rodrygo for Kroos and putting Hazard in the center, since he was intermittent on the right. The danger, yes, kept coming from the side of a Vinicius who saw the fifth yellow card that leaves him without playing against him Granada within 14 days.
Elche, who were controlling the game better after the break, repeated history and scored their second goal with their second shot on goal. Great action by Lucas Boyé to get rid of Alaba on the front and, incidentally, mislead Mendy Losing sight of your brand. that’s where it appears Pears Milla that stands before Courteous and it does not fail in the hand to hand. Minute 76 and surprisingly, as well as inexplicably, Elche subdued the leader with an almost definitive 0-2.
comeback in ten minutes
Madrid had to respond desperately. A stringer of casemiro warned and then Pere Milla gave away an extra life for the whites with an innocent hand inside his area. Modric, with the captain’s armband, assumed responsibility and closed the gap ten minutes from the end of the match.
The white team brought out the spirit that has accompanied them throughout their history, since the times of Paco Gento, and they were not going to settle for staying a few meters from the shore. De Burgos Bengoetxea and the VAR ‘stole’ Madrid one more penalty, also by hand, but in a later cross by Vinicius to the area Militao appeared flying to make the tie.
honoring the memory of The Cantabrian Galena, Madrid left the match relieved. Bittersweet taste for not having taken advantage of the draw of the Sevilla against him Celta Vigo that gave him the opportunity to move away from the leadership of La Liga.