Real, with Eden Hazard already on the bench, were in control in the first half. And scored twice. Toni Kroos shot unstoppably past Vallecano keeper Dimitrievski – Vinicius was indeed not offside -, a bit later Karim Benzema tapped in the double lead. The visitors offered little in return, Courtois only got some simple catches thrown at him.
And yet it was still exciting in the end. Falcao took care of that fifteen minutes before time. He floored Courtois against foot with a header. Vallecano smelled blood and succeeded easily after the 2-2. Kroos cleared the line, Courtois tapped a long shot. Eden Hazard had come on in minute… 83. So a substitute of barely seven minutes plus some injury time in which he couldn’t really show himself.