Real Madrid Secure Top of La Liga with Last-Gasp Lucas Vázquez Winner

Real Madrid Secure Top of La Liga with Last-Gasp Lucas Vázquez Winner

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Football

December 22nd, 2023

Carlo Ancelotti received the perfect Christmas present, courtesy of Lucas Vázquez, who scored a dramatic injury-time winner to help Real Madrid secure top spot in La Liga with a hard-fought 1-0 victory away at Alaves.

Real Madrid Secure Top Spot Early in the Winter Break

Heading into their final La Liga EA Sports game before the winter break, Real Madrid knew a win was crucial to secure top spot despite facing a depleted squad, particularly in defense. The task became even harder when captain Nacho Fernandez was sent off in the 54th minute for a reckless tackle on Atletico Madrid loanee Samu Omozodion.

A First Half of Frustration

The red card seemed to be the turning point in a match where Real Madrid never truly found their rhythm. The first half was a drag, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances. Real Madrid managed only two shots on target, both from Fede Valverde, while Alaves, featuring Real Madrid loanee Rafa Marin, threatened Kepa Arrizabalaga with headers from Omozodion and Marin.

Second Half Pressure and Late Heroics

Ancelotti's men upped the tempo in the second half, putting more pressure on the Alaves defense. However, Antonio Sivera remained largely untroubled until the dying moments of the game. In a dramatic injury-time corner, Alaves surprisingly left Lucas Vázquez unmarked, and the diminutive defender rose to the occasion, powering a header into the back of the net to send the traveling Madridistas into raptures.

Victorious but Concerned as the Break Approaches

The celebrations were tempered by Rodrygo being carried off the field with an injury in the final moments. Nevertheless, the three points were the main focus, as Real Madrid Secure Top of the La Liga table, level on points with Girona but ahead on goal difference. This puts them in prime position to secure top spot and challenge for the title in the second half of the season.

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