Real Madrid Concede Late Goal to Draw Away to Las Palmas
Real Madrid dropped further points away to Las Palmas conceding a late equalizer to draw 2-2. Real started against Las Palmas with Nacho at left-back in place of the injured Marcelo, Marco Asensio continued in the midfield at the expense of injured Casemiro while Alvaro Morata started ahead of Karim Benzema. Granada and Malaga have been felled at the Estadio de Gran Canaria, making it a difficult ground, but everyone expected Real Madrid to escape unscathed especially after the dropped points against Villarreal at the Bernabeu last weekend.
Real took the lead when Nacho’s shot was parried into Asencio’s path which he headed straight into the net. Las Palmas responded 5 minutes later when Tanausu latched onto a loose ball and found the bottom right corner of Nava’s goal, the goalscorer, Tanausu followed that up with a cheeky backflip celebration.
Karim Benzema came on for Marco Asensio and had an instant impact. Ronaldo was sent through on goal and his shot was parried by Varas onto the grateful feet of Benzema who made no mistake in with the rebound. Las Palmas replied immediately by walking the ball into the Real Madrid area and Araujo latched onto the final pass from Momo which first luckily got past Navas and was turned in after begging for a final touch to get across the line by Araujo.
Real Madrid would be disappointed they have dropped 4 points in the last two games and giving Barcelona a chance to close in to within 1 point. The absence of hard tackling Casemiro is a worry they have to fix. But while there are concerns defensively, they have not been as potent up front as expected.
Gareth Bale’s darting runs from the right have produced more mph and less result while Ronaldo isn’t finding the targets as he used to. They travel to the Signal Iduna Stadium in midweek for the 2nd match in the UEFA Champions League group stage and that is not a good place to go at the moment as BVB have racked up an impressive 9 goals in their last 2 home games and a solid 20 in the last 4 games.
Zinedine Zidane would be inclined to force some changes to his line-up for the midweek clash, Casemiro might have to come in for Asensio (if he’s fit) to counter the fast attacking BVB side. While it is expected to be a high-scoring clash, it is extremely difficult to predict the eventual result would be.
Real Madrid would have to wake up from this slump and start taking their chances starting from the midweek and then against Eibar at the weekend.