Real Madrid does not let go of the leadership
Goals from Valverde, Vinícius, Rodrygo and Rüdiger make Benzema forget against a Mallorca team that was beaten after taking the lead
MADRID, Sep. 11 (.) –
This Sunday, Real Madrid signed its fifth consecutive victory in LaLiga Santander by thrashing RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabéu (4-1), a match in which Carlo Ancelotti’s men did not miss Karim Benzema against a withdrawn rival and which helps them to recover the leadership of the category.
Despite the initial scare with Muriqi’s goal, the current champion reacted to put the tables at half-time with a great goal from Fede Valverde. Vinícius, in the 72nd minute, and Rodrygo and Rüdiger in the final stretch tied the result, allowing the team to return to first place, which FC Barcelona had momentarily snatched from them with their victory in Cádiz (0-4). Now, they will host Leipzig undefeated this season and in high spirits.
With Eden Hazard taking the place of the injured Karim Benzema and Lucas Vázquez and Antonio Rüdiger as novelties behind, it was Courtois who first had to act to disrupt a shot by Muriqi, who sat down the German defender with a hat, in the first minute of the match , before Ceballos, also a starter, responded with a shot that Rajkovic caught in two stages.
After the initial rush, Javier Aguirre’s men withdrew and the Madrid squad gradually took control of the duel; Vinícius, Kroos and Rodrygo tried tirelessly, disturbing the visiting goalkeeper, and when the vermilion team suffered most, Kang-in Lee and Vedat Muriqi came to the rescue.
In the 35th minute, with Madrid overturned, the South Korean put a ball to the far post that the Kosovar, free of a mark, was in charge of sending to the back of the net. The blow, however, was well conceded by Carlo Ancelotti’s men, who were about to equalize shortly after in a shot by Vinícius that went off licking the right post.
It was in the discount of the first half when the white team found the reward for their insistence; It was minute 3 of added time when Fede Valverde caught the ball in his own field, covered 52 meters and put together a very strong shot with his left foot that slipped through the top corner.
The madridista harassment continued after the restart, with Lucas Vázquez grazing the crossbar in the 61st with a shot from the edge of the box, although Antonio Sánchez, who had just entered the field of play, also had his own and only forgave in the small area.
The one who did not fail was Vinícius, who, after a great drive by his compatriot Rodrygo, cut back on the Mallorcan defense, to make it 2-1, beating Rajkovic from under (min. 72). It was the sentence for Mallorca, which still had to suffer a new blow from the Brazilian duo, this time at the boots of Rodrygo, who sat down Nastasic and Raíllo to score the third of the afternoon, and Antonio’s first goal as a madridista Rüdiger, who successfully headed in a Toni Kroos free kick.
–RESULT: REAL MADRID, 4 – RCD MALLORCA, 1 (1-1, at half-time).
REAL MADRID: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez (Carvajal, min.71), Rüdiger, Alaba, Mendy (Nacho, min.59); Ceballos (Camavinga, min. 69), Kroos, Valverde; Rodrygo, Vinícius and Hazard (Modric, min.59).
RCD MALLORCA: Rajkovic; Maffeo, Valjent, Raillo, Nastasic, Costa; Ruiz de Galarreta (Antonio Sánchez, min.59), Battaglia (Baba, min.53), Dani Rodríguez (Grenier, min.59); Kang-in Lee and Muriqi.
0-1, min.35: Muriqi.
1-1, min.45+3: Fede Valverde.
2-1, min.72: Vinicius.
3-1, min. 89: Rodrygo.
4-1, min.93: Rüdiger.
–REFEREE: Figueroa Vázquez (C.Andaluz). He admonished Mendy (min.25), Valverde (min.34) and Alaba (min.81) by Real Madrid and Nastasic (min.16), Maffeo (min.25), Raíllo (min.39 ), Valjent (min.85) and Sánchez (min.86) by Mallorca.
–Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. 54,816 spectators.