Leganes 1-3 Real Madrid: Los Blancos into third with victoryFebruary 21, 2018
Real Madrid won their game in hand to leapfrog Valencia into third place.
The visitors were without some key figures going into this game and looked set to pay for it when they conceded within the first six minutes. Los Blancos found a way, however, Lucas Vazquez equalizing five minutes after before Casemiro finishing a brilliant team goal.
The Brazilian combined with Karim Benzema then Lucas Vazquez who played the midfielder in the clear to slot home at the near post.
Los Blancos continued to have most of the possession, but, couldn’t create the killer goal. Leganes began to threaten as the second half drifted on, the best chance required Kiko Castilla to knock away a shot for a corner after the Leganes attacker had been played in one on one.
The home side continued to test Real, despite Zidane bringing on Gareth Bale and Marcos Llorente late to on to provide some much needed energy for his side.
In the dying minutes of the game, Madrid were offered the perfect chance to end hopes of any late shocks. Matteo Kovacic was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Sergio Ramos stepped up to score his 72nd Real Madrid goal.
Real Madrid jump into third place, ahead of Valencia while Leganes remain midtable.
Leganes: Cuellar, Tito, Bustinza, Siovas (45 Perez), Rico Salguero, Appelt Pires, Gumbau (45 Mantovani), El Zhar, Eraso Goñi, Omar (72 Amrabat), Beauvue
Real Madrid: Castilla, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Theo, Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez, Isco (87 Llorente), Kovacic (90+2 Ceballos), Asensio, Karim Benzema (76 Bale)