Real Madrid of Liga: chronicle, goals and result

BarcelonaReal Madrid is one step away from doing the classic with a full belly: letting go of La Liga to focus on the Champions League and putting more emphasis on winning the Copa del Rey and fulfilling the predictions for the Club World Cup that he plays next week. This is demonstrated by the defeat that the white team suffered this afternoon in Son Moix against Javier Aguirre’s ever-charged Mallorca.

Without injured Karim Benzema and with the last-minute setback of Thiabut Courtois, who noticed discomfort in the warm-up, the reigning League and European champions crashed against a very rocky opponent who made good the advantage which he achieved in the 13th minute thanks to an own goal by Nacho Fernández when he fought with Vedat Muriqi, the reference in the Majorcan attack, for an aerial ball.

That Madrid was bothered by the trip to Mallorca was already noticeable by hearing the words of its coach, Carlo Ancelotti, in this week’s press conferences. “We have to stop. It’s not normal that after playing against Valencia [dijous a les 21 hores] less than 72 hours pass and we compete again [a Son Moix, a les 14 hores]”, said the Italian coach, who has been consistent with his reflections and has rested the line-up to his creative mainstays at the core, Kroos and Modric, thinking about Wednesday’s semi-final of the Club World Cup against the Egypt’s Al-Ahly also didn’t want to mess with Alaba, who was just returning to the squad after recovering from an injury.

Between one thing and another, the You meringues they went out on the lawn of Son Moix with a defense of circumstances – only Carvajal is a regular starter –, a very uncoordinated midfield and Vinícius leading an attack on his own without a clear reference. The Brazilian, by the way, was booed and booed every time he touched the ball. In Mallorca they do not forgive him that in the first leg at the Bernabéu, Maffeo and Raíllo danced more than the score with the score in their favor. In the return leg, the Balearic defensive duo took a particular revenge.

Marco Asensio misses a penalty at home

After a first half with a lot of intensity and few chances beyond Nacho’s beautiful and subtle Vaseline own goal on Lunin, the visitors had the opportunity to equalize the match through an interpretable penalty from the local goalkeeper , Rajkovic, over Vinícius, but Asensio, a native of Palma and a Mallorcan by training, did not deceive the Serbian goalie, who refused the shot without the option of replays. It was just the 60th minute, and the goal has caused the crowd of Son Moix to explode, determined to accompany their players in the process of achieving one of the most precious victories of the season. Forced by the unfavorable result, Ancelotti looked to revolutionize the duel with Modric, Kroos, Alaba and a defender like Mariano, but it was too late for his rotation plan to stop backfiring.

The interested account of uncritical Madridism will be that the calendar has affected the hopes of the whites in the League, a title that will begin to lose interest and importance as the Champions League approaches and, above all, as Barça, very solvent in the state tournament, widen their gap at the top of the standings. With the defeat of their eternal opponent in Mallorca, if the Blaugrana prevail this Sunday at home against Sevilla, they will already have an eight point margin with the entire second round ahead of them and most of the theoretically difficult journeys marked with the visa.

  • Mallorca: Rajkovic; Maffeo, Gio Gonzalez, Rail, Nastasic; Jaume Coast; Baba (Battaglia, 78′), Ruiz de Galarreta (Grenier, 92′), Dani Rodriguez, Kang-in Lee (Sanchez, 78′); and Muriqui. Coach: Javier Aguirre
  • Real Madrid: Lunín; Carvajal, Nacho, Rudiger, Camavinga; Tchouaméni (Kroos, 71′), Valverde (Modric, 64′), Ceballos (Alaba, 71′); Asensio (Mariano, 71′), Rodrygo i Vinícius. Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
  • Goals: 1-1 Nacho (pp) (13′)
  • Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Canary Committee)
  • Yellow cards: Vinícius (44′), Ceballos (45′), Valverde (64′), Amath (72′), Ruiz de Galarreta (80′), Modric (81′), Maffeo (88′), Mariano (90 ‘), Raíllo (92’).
  • Red cards: None
  • Stadium: Son Moix


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