Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Medical | By Rita Mcdonald

Alaves vs Real Madrid: Ceballos double secures victory for La Liga champions

Alaves vs Real Madrid: Ceballos double secures victory for La Liga champions

Real Madrid have to fight hard before being able to pick a 2-1 victory from hosts Alaves in the sixth week of La Liga competition at Estadio Mendizorrotza on Saturday (23/09/2017) afternoon local time.

The victory takes Madrid back to the top four with 11 points from six games.

The win came three days after Madrid lost at home to Real Betis 1-0.

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has scoffed at claims of their title challenge already being over. His powerful header from a cross by Munir El Haddadi was the Basque Country club's first goal of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo started his second game of the week - despite a looming Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund - but Madrid's hero was Ceballos, who netted the opener and then provided a quick response to Manu Garcia's 40th-minute equaliser.

Ceballos caught Madrid's eye in the offseason after he was named the best player at the Under-21 European Championship, where he helped Spain reach the final before losing to Germany 1-0.

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Real Madrid's number seven looked certain to be sending the away side 3-1 ahead in the 63rd minute after curling a lovely effort towards the far corner, but the post saved Alaves as the 32-year-old was denied once again. Starting from the efforts of Marco Asensio, the ball fed into the middle of the penalty box.

Manuel Garcia's 40th-minute goal temporarily drew Alaves level.

In contrast, two chances Alaves through Alfonzo Pedraza also twice about Madrid's goalkeeper who escorted Keylor Navas.

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The winners of two straight Champions Leagues and last year's league winners, Real Madrid is off to a poor start by its standards this season.

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