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Cadiz are next in action against Real Valladolid on the road on Saturday. Madrid are at home on the same day against Real Betis.
Real Madrid move level on points with Atletico Madrid at the top of the LaLiga table courtesy of their 3-0 win over Cadiz this evening. Karim Benzema put the visitors in front from the penalty spot after VAR was called on to award Los Blancos a spot-kick after Vinicius Junior was fouled. Benzema turned provider for Madrid’s second, sending a pinpoint cross for Alvaro Odriozola to convert. The Frenchman then secured the win before the break for Zinedine Zidane’s men with a close-range header. Madrid have played game more than their rivals at the top, but have put the ball back into the court of Los Rojiblancos.
90′ + 3′ FULL-TIME: CADIZ 0-3 REAL MADRID
90′ + 3′ SAVE! Sobrino latches onto a short pass from Akapo following a good run from the full-back, but he sends his drive straight at Courtois.
90′ + 2′ Akapo blocks off the run of Gutierrez down the left flank and is booked by the referee.
90′ There will be two minutes of added time.
88′ Lozano collects an offload from Izquierdo on the left flank and runs at goal. The forward lines up an ambitious strike that he sends over the bar.
87′ Mariano spots Ledesma off his line after Akapo loses possession down the right flank. However, he sends his strike well over the bar.
86′ CHANCE! Asensio sends an offload towards Rodrygo on the edge of the Cadiz box. He steps past Cala’s challenge and lines up a strike at goal that he sends narrowly wide of the right post.
83′ Saponjic latches on to a cutback from Fali in the Madrid box, but he can only nod his effort over amid pressure from Militao.
80′ Cadiz have not been able to lay a glove on Madrid in the second half. It has been a poor performance from the home side.
78′ Los Blancos are moving the ball with ease around the pitch. They’re very comfortable with their advantage and now in the process of trying to see out the clean sheet.
75′ Rodrygo threads the needle to release Mariano in the final third. The forward rounds Ledesma, but drags his strike wide of the target. He is relieved to see the offside flag raised.
74′ Alejo lines up the strike at goal from the resulting free-kick, but his effort deflects off the wall and travels wide of the left post.
74′ Mariano makes his way on to the field to replace Benzema.
74′ Gutierrez replaces Marcelo for the final 16 minutes of the contest.
73′ Benzema continues to work for the team by tracking back, although he brings down Lozano from behind by clipping his ankles, handing Cadiz a free-kick.
71′ Benzema meets a cross from Carvajal from the right flank, but he glances a tame effort straight at Ledesma.
70′ Izquierdo finds space down the left flank and he delivers a low cross into the box. Courtois makes an early call to collect ahead of Militao in the box with Saponjic lurking.
68′ Marcelo trips Lozano on a surge through the middle of the park and goes into the book.
65′ Alejo comes on to replace Espino on the Cadiz left flank.
65′ SAVE! Asensio and Benzema combine to send Marcelo into the left-inside channel. He tries to place a low ball across the face of goal, but Ledesma blocks his attempt and Fali clears the danger.
63′ Marcelo releases the run of Asensio down the left-inside channel, but the ball just evades the Spaniard and travels into the hands of Ledesma.
61′ Isco replaces Odriozola for the visitors. The wing-back is withdrawn after a goalscoring performance.
61′ Asensio makes his way on to the pitch to replace Vinicius in the final third.
61′ Varane makes a successful return to action after recovering from Covid-19. He is withdrawn for Carvajal in the Madrid backline.
59′ Akapo tries to pick out the run of Saponjic at the back post, but the forward moves a fraction too early and is caught offside.
57′ Benzema tries to release Odriozola in the right-inside channel, but he loses his footing at the vital moment. His appeals for a penalty are dismissed by the referee.
55′ OVER! Cala rises highest in the box to head Izquierdo’s corner at goal, only to plant his header over the bar.
54′ Lozano works the ball into the path of Jonsson to strike from the edge of the box, but his effort is deflected wide off the body of Varane.
53′ OVER! Benzema lines up a strike at goal from the free-kick, but he bends his effort just over the bar after clearing the wall.
52′ Cala brings down Rodrygo on the edge of the box and hands Madrid a free-kick in a threatening position. Benzema stands over the ball.
49′ Madrid are looking to press forward in numbers once more. Los Blancos are looking for further goals to boost their goal difference tonight.
47′ SAVE! Saponjic turns to latch on to a knockdown in the box from Akapo, but he can only scoop his overhead kick into the hands of Courtois.
47′ Lozano tries to connect with a free-kick from Jonsson, but Militao just heads it away from the forward in time.
46′ Nacho brings down Saponjic with a loose challenge and goes into the book.
46′ We’re back under way in this LaLiga clash.
46′ Cala comes on to the field for the home side in place of Jose Mari.
46′ Saponjic is on for Negredo in the final third for the hosts.
46′ Lozano makes his way on to the field to replace Sanchez.
46′ Iza is withdrawn for Akapo for the home side.
Cadiz went to pieces after conceding the penalty from Iza’s foul on Vinicius Junior. It was foul and the full-back paid the price a lunge on the Brazilian. The home side were lapse at the back from that point onwards and have left themselves with a near impossible task of earning a positive result this evening.
Real Madrid are on their way to joining Atletico Madrid at the top of the LaLiga table, taking a 3-0 lead into the break of their clash against Cadiz. The visitors had a quiet start to the contest, but once VAR was deployed to award Los Blancos a penalty they never looked back. Karim Benzema converted from the spot before supplying the second for Alvaro Odriozola. Benzema was point once more to head home for his second from Casemiro’s cross to put Zinedine Zidane’s men in complete control.
45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: CADIZ 0-3 REAL MADRID
45′ + 1′ OVER! Madrid win a free-kick in the final third that Rodrygo stands over with menace. He drills his strike over the wall, but his effort sails over the bar.
45′ There will be one minute of added time.
43′ The home side have been cut open with ease tonight at the back. They’ve fallen apart since going behind, which is suprising given their recent run of form.
41′ Jonsson brings down Vinicius on a forward run and goes into the book. He will miss Cadiz’s next match.
40′ Casemiro pounces on a loose ball and floats a cross into the path of Benzema to score from six yards.
40′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! BENZEMA HEADS IN MADRID’S THIRD!!!!! 3-0!!!! The visitors are in cruise control now as Benzema converts a close-range header for his second of the contest. Cadiz fail to clear their lines following a surge from Vinicius. Casemiro latches on to the loose ball in the box and lifts a cross towards the six-yard box. Benzema is unmarked and plants his header past a stranded Ledesma.
37′ CHANCE! Casemiro is so close to a third for Madrid. Rodrygo floats a perfect ball over the top for Benzema. He nods it directly into the path of Casemiro’s run, but the Brazilian can only direct his close-range effort over the bar amid pressure from Mauro.
35′ Madrid have taken complete control of the contest following Benzema’s strike from the spot. They’ve not been at their best, but Los Blancos have been clinical in the final third.
33′ Benzema collects an offload down the left flank and runs past Jonsson in the left-inside channel. He supplies a pinpoint cross to the back post for Odriozola to attack and score.
33′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! ODRIOZOLA HEADS HOME!!!!!! 2-0 MADRID!!!! The visitors double their lead as Odriozola is on the spot at the back post to head his effort between the legs of Ledesma. Iza loses possession at the back for Cadiz and Los Blancos work the ball to Benzema. He skips past Jonsson in the left-inside channel before delivering a sublime cross to the back post. Odriozola meets it and directs his header low and past the Cadiz keeper.
32′ OVER! Sobrino latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the Madrid box and connects with a volley, but he can only send his effort over the top.
30′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!! BENZEMA CONVERTS FROM THE SPOT!!!! 1-0 MADRID!!!! Los Blancos take the as the Frenchman holds his composure from 12 yards. He blasts a right-footed strike past the outstretched hand of Ledesma into the bottom-left corner. A perfect penalty.
29′ Iza goes into the book for the foul on Vinicius in the box.
27′ PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Vinicius makes a break into the box and goes down under pressure from Iza. The referee does not award the spot-kick in real time, but is instructed to look at the screen at the side of the pitch. On review, he awards the penalty to the visitors as Iza trips Vinicius in the box.
26′ Odriozola raids down the right flank and floats a cross to the back post. Casemiro nods it back across the face of goal, but Fali is the first one there to clear the danger.
25′ Rodrygo puts on the burners down the right flank and surges past Izquierdo, but he takes a heavy touch and sends the ball out for a goal-kick.
22′ Varane gets in the way of a clearance from Ledesma after he gathers a corner from the left flank. The defender goes into the book for stopping a quick break.
21′ BLOCK! Iza has to put his body on the line to block Rodrygo’s strike as he twists and turns before firing on his left foot at goal. Vinicius was arriving in support and may have been in a better position for a strike at goal.
18′ Madrid are attempting to bring Benzema into the contest, but the Frenchman has been well marked by Fali and Mauro in the final third.
16′ Cadiz are not backing down from the challenge this evening. Madrid are light in the middle of the park and the home side are looking to force the issue.
14′ Madrid win a free-kick in the Cadiz half that Marcelo floats into the box. Militao peels off the back of Espino, but can only connect with a diving header that he sends well wide of the target.
12′ SAVE! Negredo sends an offload out wide to the left flank for Izquierdo. He cuts inside from the wing and shoots on his right foot, but Courtois gets down to save before gathering at the second attempt.
10′ Madrid are attempting to get on the front foot by controlling the possession, but the home side have been combative in the early stages.
8′ BLOCK! Sanchez sends a cross into the box from the right flank, which is cleared by Los Blancos. Iza goes for a strike on the volley from 25 yards, only to see his effort blocked by a wall of white shirts.
8′ Sanchez trips Vinicius on the charge down the left flank and goes into the book. He will miss Cadiz’s next game.
7′ Sanchez is brought down by a heavy challenge from Nacho on the right flank, handing Cadiz a free-kick in a threatening position.
4′ CHANCE! Negredo bustles his way past Casemiro and has support in the final third. Jonsson takes over on the edge of the box and connects with a strike on the half-volley that he places wide of the left post.
3′ WIDE! Rodrygo has a surge forward from the middle of the park, but is halted by Fali. The loose ball falls to Blanco to strike, only to see his effort deflected wide of the target by the boot of Mauro.
1′ We’re under way in this LaLiga clash.
After winning 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season at Alfredo Di Stefano, Cadiz could become the first newly promoted side to record a league double against Real Madrid since Real Burgos in 1990/91.
Zidane has made five changes to his side from their draw against Getafe last time out. Varane and Nacho are fit enough to return to the fold, which sees Chust drop to the bench. Casemiro comes into the middle of the park along with Blanco. Isco, Mariano and Asensio also drop out of the side. Modric is absent from the squad this evening. Benzema spearheads the attack in the final third.
Cadiz have made one change to their side that drew against Celta Vigo last time out. Izquierdo comes into the side in the middle of the park to replace Malbasic, who drops to the bench. Negredo continues to lead the line alongside Sobrino in the final third with Sanchez for support.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Daniel Carvajal, Marco Asensio, Andriy Lunin, Isco, Mariano Diaz, Diego Altube, Sergio Arribas, Victor Chust, Miguel Gutierrez.
REAL MADRID (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Nacho Fernandez, Raphael Varane, Eder Militao; Alvaro Odriozola, Antonio Blanco, Casemiro, Marcelo; Rodrygo Silva, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
CADIZ SUBS: Jon Ander Garrido, Anthony Lozano, Jorge Pombo, Ivan Saponjic, David Gil, Ivan Alejo, Carlos Akapo, Juan Cala, Augusto Fernandez, Pedro Alcala, Filip Malbasic, Alex Martin.
CADIZ (4-3-3): Jeremias Ledesma; Isaac Carcelen, Fali, Marcos Mauro, Alfonso Espino; Jens Jonsson, Jose Mari, Jario Izqueirdo; Salvi Sanchez, Alvaro Negredo, Ruben Sobrino.
Real Madrid return to action for the first time since the collapse of the European Super League. Los Blancos were in the headlines for the wrong reasons over the last three days, but now have to turn their attention to matters on the field. Zinedine Zidane’s men can move level on points with Atletico Madrid at the top of the table with a win tonight. A run of four-straight wins in LaLiga was ended last time out by Getafe, who held Los Blancos to a 0-0 draw. Madrid need to be firing on all cylinders.
Cadiz begin the evening nine points clear of the relegation zone and will believe that one more win will push them clear of danger. Alvaro Cervera’s men are unbeaten in their last three games, recording wins over Valencia and Getafe before drawing 0-0 with Celta Vigo last time out. Los Piratas are in form, but it will take a special effort to knock off Madrid this evening.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Cadiz and Real Madrid at the Ramon de Carranza.