Dani Ceballos Brace Leads Real Madrid Past Deportivo Alaves in La Liga

24 September, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Darrell Lopez

Real Madrid clawed back the 7 point gap to Barcelona, temporarily at least, with a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Deportivo Alaves.

Zidane hailed Ceballos' attitude and promised further first-team chances for the 21-year-old midfielder.

The winless Basques had plenty of late chances at an equaliser after Manu Garcia pulled them level in the 40th minute, but Los Blancos clung to their advantage.

There was plenty of anguish from Spanish pundits (mostly the Catalan ones) when Dani Ceballos signed for Real Madrid this summer, as they argued that a promising player who set alight the U-20 Euros with his performances needed to play and not sit on the bench.

Pacheco made a decent save to prevent a Nacho header finding the back of the Alaves net in the 31st minute, but the home side were causing problems down the other end, with a succession of crosses into the Real Madrid box forcing Casemiro and Varane to both make brilliant clearances.




The Spanish and European champions were lucky not to concede when Alfonso Pedraza's deflected shot beat Keylor Navas but came off the bar.

Zinedine Zidane's side have had a relatively disappointing start to their domestic campaign, having won only three of their first six games.

Diego Simeone's team moved one point behind leader Barcelona, which plays at Girona later.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned for Real Madrid, who were looking for a home win after two consecutive draws in the Liga Santander in front of their fans on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Portugal worldwide, yet to score his first goal of the La Liga season, twice fired shots that crept narrowly wide and saw another rebound off Pacheco's far post, BBC Sports reports.

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