Ten-man Real Madrid beat Alaves to go top

Lucas Vazquez struck deep into stoppage time as 10-man Real Madrid won at Alaves to go top of La Liga.

A 1-1 draw between Girona and Betis earlier in the day meant Real knew they would go first with victory.

But they struggled to create chances and their cause was not helped when defender Nacho was dismissed in the 54th minute for a bad foul on Samu Omorodion.

But two minutes into added time Vazquez rose to head in a Toni Kroos corner.

La Liga top scorer Jude Bellingham was unable to add to his 13 league goals so far in this campaign but it did not matter as Carlo Ancelotti’s side end 2023 in first place, going above Girona on goal difference.

Girona had looked on course to take another important win thanks to Artem Dovbyk’s first-half penalty, but German Pezzella equalised with two minutes left.

Line-ups

Alavés

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sivera
  • 2GorosabelSubstituted forTenagliaat 78′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Abqar
  • 16Marín
  • 3DuarteBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLópezat 59′minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 8Blanco
  • 6Guevara
  • 11Rioja
  • 18GuridiSubstituted forHagiat 59′minutes
  • 21RebbachSubstituted forSolaat 72′minutes
  • 32OmorodionSubstituted forKikeat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Sola
  • 9Karrikaburu
  • 10Hagi
  • 14Tenaglia
  • 15Kike
  • 17Alkain
  • 19Maras
  • 23Benavídez
  • 27López
  • 30Mendes
  • 31Owono
  • 36Muñoz

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 25Arrizabalaga Revuelta
  • 17Vázquez
  • 22Rüdiger
  • 6NachoBooked at 54mins
  • 20García
  • 15Valverde
  • 8Kroos
  • 5BellinghamBooked at 84mins
  • 10ModricSubstituted forTchouaméniat 55′minutes
  • 21DíazSubstituted forJoseluat 76′minutes
  • 11RodrygoSubstituted forCeballosat 90+6′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Lunin
  • 14Joselu
  • 18Tchouaméni
  • 19Ceballos
  • 30González
  • 32Paz
  • 33García
  • 36Tobias da Silva
Referee:
Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos
Attendance:
19,275

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Source: BBC