Real Madrid win in Granada and hold the pulse of Atlético

Real Madrid endures in the fight for the title of LaLiga Santander and they remain two points behind Atlético de Madrid after winning this Thursday 1-4 at the Nuevo Los Cármenes Stadium against Granada, which links their third consecutive defeat.

A goal from the Croatian Luka Modric, who was the best of the match and guided his team masterfully, and another from the Brazilian Rodrygo Goes put the visitors ahead in a first time in which they were clear dominators. In a more even second act, Jorge Molina reduced differences, but the whites certified the victory with goals from Álvaro Odriozola and Frenchman Karin Benzema.

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Real Madrid coach, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, patched up the sides with the presence of two affiliate players, Marvin Park on the right and Miguel Gutiérrez on the left, while the third novelty compared to the previous game against Sevilla was the incisive Rodrygo. The two homegrown players were very active, at a high level and were key in the first two goals for the white team, which dominated the game from the start.

The first big occasion was in the head of Benzema, who ran into a Portuguese Rui Silva paradón, while another header was followed, in this case by Nacho Fernández, narrowly missed the goal.

Real Madrid turned their command to 0-1 in the 17th minute, with a good run down the left and assistance from a brave Miguel who took advantage Modric, after winning the back to the local back, to beat Rui Silva despite finishing with little angle. After halfway through the first half, with hardly any symptoms of reaction from Granada, Marvin had a good option to increase the income, although he shot badly after winning the local area with a surprising breakdown.

The premises improved after half an hour, with dangerous arrivals to the area of ​​Jorge Molina and Fede Vico badly completed, replicating Real Madrid with a closed counterattack with a deflected kick from Benzema. Granada took a step forward and allowed Real Madrid to leave with speed in the final stretch of the first half, with Rui Silva saving his team after a personal move by Brazilian Vinicius Junior.

His compatriot Rodrigo, who rode unopposed before overtaking the local goal with a cross shot in an action started with a duel won in the medullary by Marvin, did not fail shortly after, already in the added time of the first act. Although Granada had increased ball possession in the second half and he lived more in the Real Madrid field, the clearest occasions in the dressing room return were again visitors, with Rui Silva avoiding the goal against Vinicius again.

Belgian Thibaut Courtois took almost an hour to make his first stop, and it was easy against a loose, far shot from Colombian Luis Suárez. The coffee attacker had a very clear opportunity to score 1-2, but the sending of an Alberto Soro whose entry to the match improved Granada did not finish off the mark-free goal line.

The action that returned the emotion to the crash came in the 71st minute, generated again by Alberto Soro and Luis Suárez and closed by Jorge Molina, scoring 1-2 after hunting. a rejection of Courtois after the shot of the Colombian. Real Madrid only took four minutes to stop napping and put two goals back on the scoreboard when Odriozola signed the 1-3 after a pass of the death of the Belgian Eden Hazard.

Next, and to avoid the new white scares, Benzema scored 1-4 after a serious error by Rui Silva, who missed clearing the ball in a position very far from the goal and he left it frank to the Gaul. In the final moments, Courtois showed his great moment of form by denying the goal to a Granada that never gave up with two saves to the Portuguese Domingos Quina and Luis Suárez.

Data sheet

1. Granada: Rui Silva; Foulquier, Germán (Nehuén, m.80), Domingos Duarte, Quini; Gonalons, Yan Eteki (Domingos Quina, m.67); Antonio Puertas (Adrián Marín, m.67), Fede Vico (Luis Suárez, m.54), Machís (Alberto Soro, m.54); and Jorge Molina.

4. Real Madrid: Courtois; Marvin (Odriozola, m.46), Militao, Nacho, Miguel; Casemiro, Modric, Fede Valverde (Isco, m.62); Rodrygo (Hazard, m.62), Vinicius (Marco Asensio, m.62) and Benzema (Mariano, m.78).

Goals: 0-1, m.17: Modric. 0-2, m.46 +: Rodrygo. 1-2, m.71: Jorge Molina. 1-3, m.75: Odriozola. 1-4, m.76: Benzema.

Referee: Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño). He showed yellow cardboard to the locals Jorge Molina (m.41), Yan Eteki (m.53) and Domingos Quina (m.72), and to the visitors Militao (m.37), Modric (m.49) and Nacho (m .63).

Incidents: Match corresponding to matchday 36 of LaLiga Santander played at the Nuevo Los Cármenes Stadium behind closed doors.

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