Asensio’s magic left leg has saved Real from defeat to València

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Asensio’s magic left leg

Zinedine
Zidane was facing the match against Valencia with some squad problems
which have been connected first of all with the center of defense –
Varane hasn’t recovered yet from an injury and Ramos has to
experience disqualification for an early bath in the first round
against Deportivo. Thus Casimiro had to protect the hole in the
center of defense. Kroos has taken place in the basic zone, slightly
above him were Isco and Modrić, and place of the disqualified
Ronaldo on the left wing of the attack was given to Asensio who
rarely has an opportunity to play in the starting line-up of Los
Merengues.


But
also Valencia had some problems with the squad and the main problems
have been connected also with the central axis of the defensive line
– Garay and Gabriel were not able to play because of injuries
therefore Marcelino had to count only on pair of new football players
Murillo – Vezo.
It is quite possible that the coach of Levantines would play three
central defenders if he had such opportunity. Besides, Nani who is
the main star of “Bats” is still ill.

Real
predictably initiated strong beginning of this home meeting and for Levantines
it was important to endure this pressure and then they could have
opportunities to gain some points on Santiago Bernabéu. But guests
couldn’t survive even ten minutes and the first goal has been scored
– Asensio has picked up the ball in the opponent’s half of the field,
has dragged it through the central axis, and nobody has managed to
stop him. But this missed goal hasn’t depressed football players of
Valencia, and quickly enough they have managed to even the score –
Soler who for some reason has been left unguarded on the line of the
goalkeeper area has quietly closed the cross from the left wing.

Asensio’s magic left leg has saved Real

After
this missed goal Real didn’t rush to the attack in order to score the
second goal, having realized seriousness of the problems in defense
line where Casimiro couldn’t secure reliability as Ramos or Varane
did. Someone had to secure the Brazilian, and this fact immobilized
the actions of Los Merengues. But at the end of the half-time they
have rolled up their sleeves and the status of the main star was
taken by Benzema. The Frenchman had an opportunity to make a hat
trick before a break but then Benzema would be not Benzema.
Everything began with fast counterattack which was initiated by Karim
through the central axis and he kicked from 17 meters in a bottom
corner – Neto has dragged a ball with finger-tips. After corner kick
Benzema sent a header. And the last two attacks of the first half
have ended with surprising misses of Benzema who firstly has sent a
ball into the skies after Bale’s cross, and then his header didn’t
hit the gate after Kroos’s assist. As a result the first half has
ended in a draw.

After
the break Zidane has decided to reconstruct a little bit the middle
line of the team for more defensive triangle, having sent instead of
Isco Kovačić. But at the same time Los Galácticos were still
rushing to the attack, and Kovačić had to help his team to avoid
ends and to clean partners’ mistakes in the middle line that could
give more freedom to Kroos. Even Casimiro in such situation wasn’t
afraid to move forward any more, and once had kicked strongly but the
goalkeeper nevertheless had saved the team. A bit later Modrić had
kicked above the gate from advantageous position after spicy assist
from the wing then Bale sent the header over “nine” and
again Modrić sent a long-ranger into a bottom corner, but Neto was
magnificent.

Valencia
wasn’t playing only on its half of the field and regularly ran in
counterattacks many of them were rather powerful but they didn’t
manage to create direct and productive shot for a long time.
Nevertheless guests continued to look for happiness in counterattacks
and eventually good luck smiled to “Bats” – Kondogbia has
closed the left cross from the center of penalty area. It seemed that
everything is lost and it would be the first Real’s defeat in a
season but Asensio became the savior of his team due to his accurate
shot from penalty area.

Real
had several minutes for salvation and the hosts had really great
moment after Asensio ‘s ball ricocheted in the center of penalty area
on Benzem who had all chances to score but even in this episode
Karim had managed to miss the gate, having caused Real fans’
hysterical laughter. And during added time Benzema sent the header
from the right but Neto saved the team again. To tell the truth, Los
Galácticos was not fated to win. The team was lucky enough not to
lose – Zaza could bring a victory in the last counterattack but he
didn’t have enough time for this. 2:2 – the team of Zinédine
Zidane had lost the points for the first time this season. In two
weeks Los Merengues will host one more team from Valencia –
Levante.

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