without Benzema, Real Madrid continues against Mallorca


Real Madrid beat RCD Mallorca (4-1) on Sunday afternoon, during the 5th day of La Liga. Frenchman Karim Benzema, hit in the knee, was absent.

Deprived of Karim Benzema and Eder Militao, Real Madrid overcame Mallorca (4-1), during the 5th day of the Spanish championship. With a new day of the Champions League on Wednesday, Carlo Ancelotti had turned his 11 holder, leaving Luka Modric, Dani Carvajal and Aurélien Tchouaméni on the bench.

The first half was rather eventful at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. While dominating the game with multiple long attempts from Toni Kroos (14th, 22nd), Dani Ceballos (5th, 29th), Rodrygo (20th) but also Antonio Rüdiger (26th), Real Madrid were surprised by Mallorca who opened the scoring thanks to a header from Vedat Muriqi on a free kick from Kang-In Lee (0-1, 35th). But the Merengues nevertheless found the keys to equalize in the last seconds of the first act through Federico Valverde, author of a solo number from the midfield to land a curled shot in the skylight (1-1, 45th + 3).

In the second half, the people of Madrid found it more difficult to break through the defensive curtain of Mallorca, continuing to try from long range without success. The ball was circulating efficiently in search of an opportunity to break the Mallorcan block. And the solution was Brazilian: on a clean raise from Luka Modric (entered the game 59th), Rodrygo chained the dribbles to break through the defense of Mallorca, resisting the passage of several physical duels. He served Vinicius in the area who controlled the ball perfectly to deceive Rajkovic with a small dive (2-1, 73rd). Real Madrid then took the break in the wake of Rodrygo author of a nice solo number in the Majorcan area: double contact then hook which caught cold the defense and the goalkeeper (3-1, 89th). On a last free kick taken by Kroos, Antonio Rüdiger came to conclude at the far post with a flat foot at the limit of offside (4-1, 90th + 3).

In the standings, Real Madrid remain undefeated and take the lead with 15 points, while Mallorca are still in 13th place and could fall if Almeria win Monday night against Osasuna.

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