This is a real misstep from Real Madrid this Sunday against Girona at the Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti’s players had to settle for a draw (1-1), in this 12th day of La Liga, against the Catalans of Girona who thus gave Barça a great opportunity to pick up only one point behind the Merengues in the standings.
Once again deprived of its captain, winner of the last Ballon d’Or Karim Benzema, Real Madrid welcomed, during the 12th day of La Liga, in its legendary Santiago Bernabeu, the promoted Girona, currently struggling, scrutinizing the shallows of the Spanish championship. The meeting started at a frantic pace with an inspired strike from Luka Modric after a cross from Dani Carvajal on the right side (2nd). Despite the post found by Rodrygo on a shift from Fede Valverde (23rd), it was the Catalans who proved to be the most dangerous in the first act. On the right wing, Yan Couto perfectly pursued Girona’s quick counter before crossing for Valery Fernandez who saw his header pass close to the post (19th).
A few minutes later, Valery took over Gazzaniga’s very long recovery to offer the ball to Yangel Herrera who landed a powerful shot pushed back by the crossbar (38th). At the break, the two teams posted more than 90% of successful passes with a fairly balanced possession, but the people of Madrid had a hard time being realistic and effective in their opportunities. Michel Sanchez Muñoz’s troops were not unworthy and appeared to be real tough opponents to maneuver for Casa Blanca in these first 45 minutes of the match.
Returning from the locker room, Vinicius took matters into his own hands, guiding Real’s counterattacks but in a sterile manner. The Merengues were no longer worried by the Girona but did not manage to reverse the trend either. The Brazilian nevertheless followed the very good cross at the far post from Valverde, previously launched in depth by Carvajal, to open the scoring by tackling (70th). Carlo Ancelotti’s players almost doubled the lead immediately but goalkeeper Gazzaniga made a reflex save on Marco Asensio’s strong pivot recovery (72nd). Against all expectations, ten minutes from the end, referee Mario Melero Lopez awarded a penalty for a hand from Asensio in the area (78th). The Real striker seemed to have stuck them well to the body, but the VAR decided otherwise. Entering the game a few seconds before, Cristhian Stuani deceived goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with calm and serenity (81st).
Madrid pushed to regain the lead but without much success and even had to deal without Toni Kroos, sent off at the end of the match (91st) for a second yellow. Rodrygo believed for a moment that he had given victory to Real but his goal was finally disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper (90th). Girona therefore offers a nice gift to its Catalan neighbor Barcelona (1-1). In the standings, Aurélien Tchouaméni’s teammates consolidate their leadership position but only have one point more than their rivals FC Barcelona. The Catalans, meanwhile, come out of the red zone to settle in 16th position. Next weekend, Real Madrid will travel to the suburbs of the capital to play Rayo Vallecano. Girona will host Bilbao in Catalonia, on the 13th day of the championship.
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