Real Madrid endured a frustrating evening at the Santiago Bernabeu after being held to a goalless draw by struggling Cadiz.
Eden Hazard started his first game after three months, while Lucas Vazquez and Federico Valverde were also recalled as six Los Blancos missed out through Covid-19.
Madrid were met with a cautious approach from their counterparts following the opening six minutes with Vinicius Junior prevented from a flowing move through the area.
Los Blancos continued to question Cadiz a little to the half-hour mark, as a strong attempt on the half-volley outside the area by Valverde brought goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma to put into touch.
Then from the corner, the Argentine-born shot-stopper outweighed Carlos Casemiro to the perfectly weighted delivery as the Brazilian international almost made the set-play count.
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Cadiz had their approach and in particular line-up interrupted minutes to halftime with Anthony Lozano suffering an injury and bringing the introduction of Alvaro Negredo.
The breakthrough proved hard to come by for Los Blancos with ten minutes gone in the second period, as Ledesma dived across the far post to parry Hazard’s glancing header.
Los Blancos were given a scare too after a pacey move on the left of the area towards the latter minutes by the visitors led Negredo to a clear chance in the area, but he went wide.
Madrid retained momentum with ten minutes to go and put Ledesma to work again from a free-kick outside the area by Karim Benzema.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men continued to see a lot of play at the other end with Benzema, Hazard, David Alaba and Toni Kroos closing in, but goalless was how the encounter ended in the Spanish capital.