Real Madrid does not disconnect
The Madrid team, despite its unusual lack of aim, beat Cádiz 0-2, defending its second place and getting ‘closer’ to Barça
MADRID, 15 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –
Real Madrid defended their second place in LaLiga Santander 2022-2023 after beating Cádiz 2-0 this Saturday at Nuevo Mirandilla, a victory that cost them a lot due to an unusual lack of aim that Nacho Fernández and Marco Asensio ended up resolving with two ‘flashes’ in the final stretch of the second half.
Despite leaving Vinicius Jr at home, the Real Madrid team did not notice him offensively. He generated many chances, some of them very clear, but between David Gil and Fali, he couldn’t open the scoring until his rival began to think that he could score a valuable point.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men showed that they still do not want to disconnect from the domestic championship and signed a more than remarkable game, where they found more resistance from Sergio González’s men in the first half. The triumph also places them ten points behind the leader FC Barcelona, in the absence of him playing at home against Getafe.
Nothing contemplative came out of Real Madrid. In addition to the absence of the Brazilian winger and Toni Kroos, Camavinga, Modric and Carvajal also had rest, but this time there was no time to relax due to the proximity of Stamford Bridge. The current champion came out determined and very soon commanded, although Cádiz was not excessively defensive and also tried to deploy and threaten.
In fact, in the first 45 minutes, the locals were the ones who had the first great chance, with a shot from ‘Pacha’ Espino that crashed into Courtois’ post. That woke up the visitors even more, who put a lot of speed up front with the quality of Benzema, Rodrygo and Asensio and who enjoyed many chances to have gone ahead at half-time.
The captain enjoyed two of the best, with a one-on-one that, hindered by Espino, could not overcome a David Gil who was beginning to make it clear that he was going to be the protagonist, and with a shot that repelled the crossbar and bounced off the line after a great play by Rodrygo. The Brazilian was very incisive and was the one who created the most problems with his overflow, and he also had a couple of actions that required the best version of the goalkeeper and Fali.
Despite the pace and the arrivals in the two areas, the score was 0-0 at half-time, a result that Real Madrid did not like very much, and they did not let up in the second half, in which they were also able to avoid problems with the opponent’s transitions.
Cádiz was little by little locked up. The Real Madrid team continued ‘plugged in’ and eagerly sought the 0-1 that would allow them some ‘rest’. But it was not the best night in terms of one of his great virtues and the long-awaited goal was insistently resisted.
This time it was Rodrygo who forgave in front of Gil after a great pass from Militao’s defense and who was later unable to finish off a ‘death pass’ from Valverde with the goal now without its owner and with Jorge Meré getting in the way. fair.
While Courtois was already living somewhat calmer, the chances only had one direction, but the score did not move with Benzema running into the post and Rodrygo not fine-tuning his shot at all. The match was about to enter its final quarter of an hour when Ancelotti’s team finally got the loot they were looking for.
And he did it with an unexpected protagonist. Nacho, who had moved to the right side after Camavinga entered, caught a ball outside the area and once again demonstrated his quality in hitting, putting the ball away from David Gil, just when his brother Alex had entered the box. Cadiz side.
Cádiz wanted to react, but the visitors did not allow it and, three minutes later, Asensio also made it clear that shooting is one of his virtues. The cross shot from the Balearic Islands was also unstoppable for the local goalkeeper and the game was over, despite the fact that the Cadistas tried to add emotion to it.
–RESULT: CÁDIZ, 0 – REAL MADRID, 2 (0-0, at halftime).
CADIZ: David Gil; Parra (Meré, min.55), Luis Hernández, Fali, Espino; Bongonda, Alcaraz, San Emeterio (Alex Fernández, min.70), Sobrino (Alejo, min.70); Ramos (Negredo, min.77) and Guardiola (Roger, min.70).
REAL MADRID: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez (Camavinga, min.67), Rüdiger, Militao, Nacho; Tchouameni, Ceballos, Valverde (Modric, min.80); Asensio, Benzema and Rodrygo (Hazard, min.80).
–REFEREE: Gil Manzano (C. Extremadura). He admonished Alcaraz (min.29), for Cádiz.
0-1, minute 73. Nacho.
0-2, minute 76. Asensio.
–STADIUM: Nuevo Mirandilla.