Immediate reaction: Real Madrid 2-0 Las Palmas

Carlo Ancelotti opted for heavy rotation as he looks to bounce back against Las Palmas at home after an abject performance against Atletico last weekend. Joselu and Tchoumeni returned to the starting eleven. Jude Bellingham was rested, and Vinicius was left on the bench out of caution as he had just returned from injury. Brahim Diaz got the first start.

Real Madrid started the game with a high defensive line. The passing blocks were compact in length, but the team was stretched to provide width. Leading the game, Las Palmas had one of the two most efficient defenses in the league, conceding only four goals in six games. But they were also a team that scored only two goals in six matches.

Madrid’s slow start picked up momentum after the first 15 minutes of the game. Joselu had two great chances in the 18th and 20th minutes, but Las Palmas goalkeeper Álvaro Vallés made two good saves to thwart them both times. Brahim was denied in another 1v1 situation soon after. Real Madrid’s injury problems worsened towards the end of the half and centre-back David Alaba had to be sent off. Lucas Vazquez replaced him and captain Nacho Fernandez moved to centre-back.

Ultimately, it was Brahim who opened the scoring. A cutback from the right found him right in front of goal. The Spaniard had plenty of time to score in extra time of the first half. It was a dominant half for the home team, with 18 shots, eight of which were on target and three big chances missed.

From the beginning of the second half, Real Madrid kept pushing for the second goal. This came in the 54th minute when Rodrigo’s cross found Joselu, who fired the ball into the back of the net with a superb header.

Joselu made way for Vinicius Junior soon afterwards and Brahim was replaced by Dani Ceballos. Toni Kroos and Fran García were Real Madrid’s final two replacements for the final 15 minutes, as Eduardo Camavinga and Ferland Mendy were subbed off.

Real Madrid were completely focused on controlling the game and not conceding for the rest of the game. A few conversion chances were created by the likes of Fran Garcia and Vinicius, but nothing of consequence.

With this win, Real Madrid overtook Barcelona, ​​which lost a point against Mallorca yesterday.

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