Rampant Real surge to the top of LaLiga


Real Madrid went to the top of LaLiga with a thorough 4-1 victory over Granada on Sunday evening.

Two changes from Real manager Carlo Ancelotti came in Luka Modric and Nacho Hernandez, with Eduardo Camavinga and Eder Militao dropped to the bench.

Real made the breakthrough following the 19th minute when Marco Asensio ran towards the shoulder of the area to slam Toni Kroos’s through pass into the net.

Then from a short-corner kick, Madrid doubled their lead in quick succession after Nacho popped up at the near post of the area to poke Kroos’ low ball in off the upright.

Granada struggled to breathe and were almost three goals down inside the half-hour mark through Asensio from a pacey counter-attack, but Alberto Soro cleared off the line.

Los Blancos allowed the host a way back within 34 minutes when Luis Suarez’ shot from the edge of the area deflected off Nacho and into the net as it wrong-footed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois too.

However, Madrid were a slight unfortunate not to restore their two-goal advantage moments thereafter through Karim Benzema’s low shot from a misplaced ball in the area.

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The host refreshed their stall after halftime with Angel Montoro introduced and Antoinio Puertas sacrificed as Madrid stayed unchanged.

Madrid re-asserted their authority with 56 minutes played after Vinicius Junior ran in onto a flowing move from Benzema and Modric to tap a loose pass into an empty net.

It got worse for the host in the middle of the second period as Ramon Rodriguez Monchu picked up a straight red card for a poor challenge on Vinicius.

Cruise mode from Los Blancos followed with 15 minutes to go when Ferland Mendy stayed central, beat the offside trap to go on and find the bottom corner from Carlos Casemiro’s through ball.

Granada were close to getting a second in the additional minutes of play, but Courtois expertly denied Jorge Molina from close-range and another solid stop followed whilst the final whistle went.

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