Real Madrid have made a successful entry. Carlo Ancelotti’s men narrowly won their match on the first day of La Liga, this Sunday evening, on the lawn of Almería (1-2). Entering the game in the 74th minute, defender David Alaba scored on his first ball: a superb free kick from the left 25 meters away.
The Merengue can also thank their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, author of several Décideurs parades. The Spanish champions can calmly face their next two consecutive away games, on the lawn of Celta Vigo and in Barcelona, against Espanyol.
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A catastrophic start for Real
Real Madrid hadn’t lost their first La Liga game since 2008, and Karim Benzema’s teammates were keen to keep that record going. Their plans were however quickly disrupted: launched in depth by Íñigo Eguaras, the Belgian striker Largie Ramazani quickly opened the scoring with a flat foot well placed on the right of his compatriot Thibaut Courtois (1-0, 6th) .
In technical difficulty, the Spanish champions took several minutes to get back in the direction of travel. The Merengue were not very incisive in the first period, except on a powerful shot from Federico Valverde directly on goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco (16th) and a header from Benzema lacking precision just before the half-hour mark (28th).
Alaba, the stroke of genius
Determined to turn the tide as soon as the locker room returned, with a first center shot from Vinícius Júnior repelled by the post (47th), the Merengues ended up finding the opening on the hour mark on a pass from Benzema concluded closely by Lucas Vázquez (1-1, 61st). Before the evening’s masterpiece by David Alaba. Entering in place of French defender Ferland Mendy, the former Austrian Bayern player scored on his first touch of the ball, a free kick 25 meters out of reach with the class of Fernando Pacheco (1-2, 75th).
They put their heart into it, but Dyego Sousa (85th) and Rodrygo Ely (90th +3) did not manage to score a second but Courtois: Real Madrid take the 3 points and can calmly approach their trip to Celta Vigo on Saturday next. The first day of La Liga of the 2022-2023 season ends with the short trip from Atlético de Madrid to Getafe, this Monday evening (7:30 p.m.). La Liga is spawned.
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Earlier in the day, Real Sociedad won by a short header on the field of Cadiz (0-1) thanks to a goal from their rookie Takefusa Kubo, who thus opened their account for their first match under their new colors.
Valencia, despite the early expulsion of Swiss defender Eray Comert in the 52nd for a gross foul, managed to maintain its lead and snatch the three points against Girona (1-0). For Gennaro Gattuso’s first in La Liga, the Spanish club took the lead thanks to the but scored just before the break by Carlos Soler on penalty (45th + 1).
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