Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid: Dani Ceballos double sees narrow win for visitorsSeptember 23, 2017
Dani Ceballos was the star of the show as he showed Real Madrid exactly what it takes to find the back of the net, finding the net with his first two goals in the white shirt of his new club against Alaves.
Both strikes came in an end to end first half, which saw Ceballos open the scoring early on with some neat footwork building up to a curling finish inside the far post of the net.
Alaves responded with their first goal of the season and refused to lay down, with Manu Garcia’s perfectly timed run exploiting the acres of space allowed to him to head past a helpless Keylor Navas and draw the scores level from a Munir cross.
In injury time of the first half, Ceballos rescued his side again with another fine finish into the corner as he pounced after Fernando Pacheco could only punch the ball clear as far as the former Betis man on the edge of the box.
The second half was far from easy for the visitors, despite Sergio Ramos having a goal disallowed for a foul in the box at a corner which could easily have been allowed to stand.
Manu Garcia could have seen red for a clear elbow on Lucas Vazquez and just when it looked as though Real Madrid may add a third, Alfonso Pedraza hit the crossbar with a looping effort which deflected off of Raphael Varane and over Keylor Navas.
Pedraza did it again only minutes later, breaking free on the counter and poking the ball beyond an onrushing Navas, only for his finish to rebound off the woodwork rather than bulge into an empty net.
It was far from a routine victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side, and Giani de Biasi will certainly be feeling positive about his chances of revitalising this Alaves side who matched the European and Spanish champions despite failing to secure their first point of the season.