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while in control, Real Madrid have Granada

Real Madrid moved on the lawn of Granada this Sunday, on behalf of the fourteenth day of La Liga. Third with 27 points at kick-off, the Merengues had the opportunity to take the lead in the championship alone after Sevilla’s defeat against Alavés (2-2) and while waiting for Real Sociedad’s match against Valencia. Granada (17th, 11 pts) remained on a defeat at Espanyol Barcelona (2-0), after having chained four games without losing. Still without Hazard and Bale, Carlo Ancelotti aligned his traditional 4-3-3 with a central Alaba-Nacho hinge, accompanied by Mendy and Carvajal in the corridors. Casemiro took place in front of the defense, with Kroos and Modric slightly higher. In attack, Benzema was at the fore supported by Vinicius Jr on the left and Asensio on the right. As for the Rojiblancos, Robert Moreno had chosen a 4-4-2 with Maximiano in the cages and a defense made up of Quini, Diaz, Sanchez and Neva. Gonalons took up position in midfield alongside Monchu, with Rochina and Soro on the wings, while Suarez and Puertas formed the attacking duo. The meeting started on a slow pace, Granada was well in place which upset the Madrid offensives.

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Asensio ended up unblocking the situation. Launched in depth by Kroos, the Spanish international appeared alone against Maximiano, the latter could only deflect the ball before seeing it finish in the back of his net (0-1, 19th). Real even quickly took a two-goal lead. After a corner played by two between Kroos and Mordric, the German centered hard in front of goal for Nacho, left alone by the Granada defense and who deceived the rojiblanco goalkeeper (0-2, 25th). The Spanish defender was well helped by Puertas, misaligned and covering a possible offside position. The Merengues continued to push, on a counter, Vinicius Jr shifted Benzema, who handed Asensio in front of goal. In a slightly off-center position, the strike of the latter lacked power and was cleared by Soro on his line (31st). In the process, Granada came back to score. Vinicius Jr lost the ball in his last 35 meters in favor of Gonalons, the French served Suarez who deceived Courtois with a powerful shot, slightly deflected by Nacho (1-2, 34th). The locals were even close to equalizing. Casemiro deflected a cross from Gonalon with a header which forced Courtois to deploy. Quini was on the second ball, but his shot ended up in the small outside net of the Belgian goalkeeper (39th).

Real Madrid in control

Just before half-time, Benzema infiltrated the area, but saw his shot stopped by Maximiano (44th). On the following action, Suarez was at the reception of a cross from Quini at the far post. The Granada striker slightly missed his recovery which ended next to Courtois’ cage (45th). The two teams returned to the locker room with this score of 1-2, after a first half dominated by Real, but which saw the locals come back to score with their only shot on target. From the start of the second period, Carvajal fired a shot from the entrance to the surface which passed slightly next to the Granada cage (48th). Kroos tried his hand in turn, but his attempt flew away in the stands. After a fine opening from Asensio, Benzema appeared alone against Maximiano. The French international tried to clear the rojiblanco doorman with an inside hook, but was caught by the very good return of Monchu (54th). In the process, Benzema shifted Modric alone on the left of the opposing area. The Croatian served Vinicius Jr in front of goal who only had to push the ball into the back of the net (1-3, 56th).

Following a small number from the Brazilian, Monchu was guilty of a very nasty tackle on the Real Madrid player which led to his expulsion, just like that of his coach, unhappy with this arbitration decision (67th). Already in difficulty in the game and now reduced to 10, Granada players were under attack from Madrid. After chances from Benzema (72nd) and Rodrygo (75th), Mendy was found by Casemiro on the left of the area. The French side returned on his right foot before adjusting Maximiano to score his team’s fourth goal (1-4, 76th). The Rojiblancos were close to closing the gap late in the game, but Courtois was on the path of Molina’s header (89th). With this 1-4 victory, the Merengues temporarily take the lead in La Liga, while waiting for Real Sociedad’s match against Valencia this Sunday evening (9 p.m.). On the next day, Granada will move on the lawn of Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid will host Sevilla.

La Liga standings

The official line-ups at kick-off

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