Real Madrid 3 vs 3 Las Palmas
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FULL-TIME! Ten-man Real Madrid battle back from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Las Palmas at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, courtesy of a late double-salvo from Cristiano Ronaldo. Bale’s red card made things tough in the second half, but somehow Zidane have managed to claw back a point from the jaws of defeat. That makes things more interesting in the title race, but it could have been so much worse for the hosts. That’s all that we have time for, we hope to see you again next time.
The away side are still trying to hold onto the ball and defend from the front, but there are a few nerves setting in now for the visitors. The Los Blancos faithful are urging their players towards an equaliser, with Ronaldo and Benzema now camped in the Las Palmas box.
Real Madrid open play out to the right-hand side, with the substitute able to dig out a cross from the byline. Lemos half-clears with a header, and the rebound falls to James. The Colombia international shoots from outside the box, but dips his attempt a fair way wide of the right-hand upright.
Las Palmas are dominating the ball and manipulating the pitch in these late stages, with Real Madrid unable to get possession back in what is essentially looking like a training drill. The visitors put together a lovely, flowing move, and they are prepared to take as much time as they can. Setien’s men are the picture of tranquility.
Javi Varas makes a good save at the near post, after Lucas Vazquez did well to cut inside from the left-hand side and test the goalkeeper. The away side have a fair amount of players behind the ball now, with Alen Halilovic tucking in on the right-hand side of what seems to be a midfield five.
David Simon is given the chance to race down the right-hand side on the overlap and whip a cross in. Mateo Garcia comes steaming in to try and meet the low delivery, but it is too quick for him.
Substitution Álvaro Borja Morata Martín James David Rodríguez Rubio
Real Madrid earn themselves a free-kick on the left-hand side, but Kroos’ delivery is nodded behind by Aythami. The referee, however, points for a goal-kick. Las Palmas break through Jese, who tees up Viera, but nothing comes of the move for the visitors. The home fans are trying to get behind their team, but two goals in the next 20 minutes look unlikely.
Substitution Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez Lucas Vázquez Iglesias
Less than half an hour remains for Las Palmas to see out, and it is looking very good for Setien’s men. They are in control and have Real Madrid at their mercy, with Zidane’s 10 players needing to take big risks and leave huge spaces in behind in an attempt to get back into the contest.
OFF THE BAR! A delivery is flashed in from the flank, and a header is directed onto Las Palmas’ bar! Roque Mesa races down the left on the break and finds Jese on the right-hand side, with the ex-Los Blancos striker checking onto his left foot and forcing a wonderful save out of Navas.
Marcelo breaks down the left-hand side and gets beyond David Simon, before getting to the byline. His cross is blocked and goes behind for a corner, but the Santiago Bernabeu starts making a tremendous noise. Zidane’s men are being urged on by their fans.
We are back underway in the second half in Madrid! Zidane’s men haven’t lived up to expectation so far tonight, with Las Palmas playing the game their own way, much to the frustrations of the home fans. Three points are vital to keep Barcelona off their back.
HALF-TIME! Las Palmas are level at 1-1 at the interval, courtesy of that equaliser from Tana. Isco opened the scoring early on, but since then the home side have struggled. Ronaldo blasts terribly high and wide of the target, which is a terrible way to end the opening 45 minutes, and the Los Blancos faithful aren’t happy.
Ronaldo races down the right channel and cuts a teasing cross into the penalty area, which forces Lemos to poke the ball behind for a corner under pressure from Morata. So close, but yet so far for Real Madrid.
There are three minutes of first-half stoppage time, owing to that facial injury to Pedro Bigas.
Yellow card David Simón Rodríguez Santana
Kovacic tries to flick a pass in behind for Morata, but Aythami makes a very easy interception. Real Madrid attack again, with a cross from Marcelo searching for Ronaldo in the box, but the Brazilian’s delivery is gobbled up simply by Javi Varas. Clear-cut chances are proving to be few and far between for Los Blancos.
Bale curls in a left-footed cross from the right-hand side, but Sergio Ramos heads into the arms of Varas. The defender was given as offside anyhow, but he was clearly onside. The match officials are putting in a mixed performance in this first half.
Lemos picks out Jonathan Viera in space in midfield, with the former Valencia midfielder driving into the space ahead of him far too easily. He lines up a long-range effort, but fires high and wide of the target. Real Madrid respond with a counter, but Javi Varas comes off his line well to frustrate Morata.
Kovacic is robbed of possession in the middle of the field, with Las Palmas’ style of play managing to turn the crowd a little in Madrid. Real Madrid are certainly not in control here tonight. Setien is urging his players to keep playing their natural game, and they are patiently stroking the ball around much to the frustrations of Los Blancos.
Las Palmas are still staying on the front foot and attacking whenever they can, committing as many players as they possibly can. Ronaldo stabs a good ball in behind for Bale to chase, but the Wales international is caught narrowly offside. This has been a game of very fine margins so far at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Tana bends in a corner from the left-hand side, which is met by Aythami at the back post. The substitute rises well and gets his head to it, but a combination of Navas and a defender dig the ball out from off the line! Real Madrid try and break through Ronaldo and Bale, but Las Palmas get enough players back to slow the attack right down.
Jese drives forward and gets to the edge of the Real Madrid penalty area, before slotting an unselfish pass out to Boateng on the right-hand side. The ex-Milan forward allows the ball to run across him, before slicing an awful attempt a long way wide of the near post. He looks disgusted with himself. Meanwhile, Navas doesn’t appear to be moving too easily in goal.
Las Palmas open the ball out to the left-hand side, but Carvajal does well to bully Castellano off the pitch. The away side continue to give as good as they’re getting. Setien’s team are stroking possession around and taking risks, and it isn’t necessarily clear that Real Madrid are the home team. Jese drives into the penalty area, after getting the wrong side of Carvajal, but the Los Blancos’ full-back just about recovers to deny his ex-teammate.
Roque Mesa has a shot blocked from the edge of the box, with Bale helping out his defence by putting his own body on the line. Real Madrid are being tested in these early stages, with Las Palmas’ gung-ho approach leading to a few dangerous counter-attacks from the visitors.
The home side open play out to the left-hand side, with Marcelo having a chance to nip forward and explore. Given the breathless start to this contest, the full-backs haven’t had much effect. Dani Carvajal bursts down the right and whips in a teasing delivery, but Bale can only rise and deflect a headed effort a long way wide of the back post.
Good work from Isco! He dribbles his way into the box and to the right byline, before drilling a low cross into the danger area. Ronaldo and Kroos wait at the back post, but Roque Mesa tracks back well to intercept and play Las Palmas forward. Setien’s men aren’t being flustered by the occasion.
Goal Pedro Taunausú Domínguez Placeres
GOOOOOOOAL! LAS PALMAS FIGHT BACK! From kick-off, Las Palmas work the ball from left to right. Tana is fed into the box and slams a wonderful shot inside the near post. Navas had absolutely no chance there.
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