Ebene News – FI – Elche vs Real Madrid – Football Match Report – December 30, 2020 – ESPN

ESPN FC panel talks about Real Madrid after team lost more La Liga points to Elche (1:16)

Real Madrid were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at struggling Elche on Wednesday, losing ground in the La Liga title race to leaders Atletico Madrid

A header from Luka Modric gave the champions the lead in the 20th minute, but Elche found a way back into the game when Fidel Chaves equalized from the penalty spot early in the second half

– Notes: Madrid lose points despite Modric’s 7/10
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Both teams had the chance to take all three points, with Elche forward Lucas Boye hitting the post, while Real defenders Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos were thwarted by fine saves from goalkeeper Edgar Badia

Elche had one last chance to win the game when they got a free kick in added time, but defender Gonzalo Verdu’s shot was called off by Real keeper Thibaut Courtois

The draw ended a six-game winning streak in all competitions with Real and left them second in the table with 33 points, two behind city rivals Atletico, who also have two games in hand Elche is 15th with 16 points

“We started well but our opponents studied us well, they put everyone behind the ball and tried to hit us at the break and it’s no huge surprise that we couldn’t win” , said the Real Casemiro midfielder

Real had retreated in the title race with a five-game winning streak in the league before the Christmas break and looked likely to score another after a great first half

Toni Kroos missed the mark with a free header and Marcelo struck the crossbar shortly before Modric put his side in front, after a thud from Marco Asensio who also hit the bar

Zidane’s team had a penalty wrongly awarded for a block by an Elche player the referee believed to have touched his arm, but the referee corrected the decision after reviewing it on the monitor ground

Elche troubled Courtois only once in the first half, but got a golden chance to level off when Carvajal was penalized for facing Antonio Barragan

They had their impressive Badia to thank for keeping him that way, with the keeper refusing Ramos to get point blank, moments after he got past his goal to fend off a Carvajal shot.

Real record signing Eden Hazard returned after more than a month of absence, but could not help her side secure the winner they dreamed of

“Seems like a soft penalty to me, you get these little jersey pullovers in the zone, I haven’t seen it, but there are refs who like to give them away. There was another one on Benzema, though you don’t give one, you can’t give the other, you have to give both, ”said Courtois

“These are things happening in the region But we can’t say anything about the referee, we were more focused on the yellow cards and fouls than on our game”

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ESPN FC panel talks about Real Madrid after team lose more points in La Liga vs Elche

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Elche – Real Madrid

News Ebene – FI – Elche vs Real Madrid – Football match report – December 30, 2020 – ESPN

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