La Liga 2017/18: Deportivo Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid, 5 Talking Points

La Liga 2017/18: Deportivo Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid, 5 Talking Points

Zinedine Zidane's side nearly made the game safe when Cristiano Ronaldo's drive cannoned back off the post, though up the other end, Alaves were also denied by the woodwork, Alfonso hitting the frame of the goal from distance.

Los Merengues were dealt a huge blow early on, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Real Betis in a performance that encapsulated their early season struggles at home, having been forced to settle for back-to-back draws against Valencia and Levante.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit the goal-frame twice in the second half as the Madrid forward seeks his first goal in the league after he was suspended for the first four rounds for pushing a referee. This third victory brought Madrid up to fourth in the standings with 11 points, 4 points behind Barcelona's new finish 5 parties.

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Barcelona loanee Munir crossed the ball in for Garcia and the Alaves skipper made no mistake directing a close-range header past Navas off the underside of the bar.

Sergio Ramos almost doubled the visitors' lead after Cristiano Ronaldo cleverly chipped a free kick into the box, but the unmarked defender had his header saved. However, Ceballos scored minutes later to restore Madrid's lead after a gift from Pacheco.

Alaves, who came into the goal without a point or a goal this season, equalised through Manu Garcia's header. Ceballos used his strength to muscle Ely off the ball before side-footing his 20-yard effort into the bottom left-hand corner.

Real Madrid will now switch their attention to the Champions League as they prepare to travel to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

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