Reigning Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid began their title defence with a come from behind 2-1 win against newly-promoted UD Almeria at the Power Horse Stadium on Sunday night.
It was the hosts who found the breakthrough as early as the sixth minute when Largie Ramazani scored a debut goal in his first outing for the league’s new boys, as they went into the break holding the slender lead.
The second half saw Los Blancos pile the pressure, which ultimately paid off as Lucas Vasquez responded while super sub David Alaba came off the bench to rifle home a free kick, which went in off the post as Madrid ensured they won on opening day.
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FULL-TIME AT THE POWER HORSE STADIUM: UD Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid
75′ MIN: Austrian defender David Alaba who was a second half substitute, makes the difference as he scores with his first touch via a direct free kick.
GOOOAAALLL!!! UD Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid (D. Alaba)
61′ MIN: The pressure finally pays off for Los Blancos, as Lucas Vasquez sweeps home after Karim Benzema’s shot was blocked following a move by Vinicius Jr.
GOOOAAALLL!!! UD Almeria 1-1 Real Madrid (L. Vasquez)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE POWER HORSE STADIUM: UD Almeria 1-0 Real Madrid
HALF-TIME AT THE POWER HORSE STADIUM: UD Almeria 1-0 Real Madrid
6′ MIN: What a start from the hosts and the league’s newcomers. Debutant Largie Ramazani nets his first goal for the club.
GOOOAAALLL!!! UD Almeria 1-0 Real Madrid (L. Ramazani)
KICK-OFF AT THE POWER HORSE STADIUM: UD Almeria 0-0 Real Madrid
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has named a changed side from the one that defeated German Bundesliga outfit Eintratch Frankfurt 2-0 in midweek to win the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki Finland. Luka Modric, David Alaba and Casemiro are on the bench while Antonio Rudiger, Aurelien Tchouameni and Edouardo Camavinga are in the line-up.
The host’s Starting XI as they get set to take on the defending champions.