Ebene News – United States – Real Madrid lose points despite 7/10 night for Modric, Casemiro

Luka Modric scored his first header in more than a decade as Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at Elche on Wednesday to finish 2020 second in La Liga, two points behind rivals Atletico

Fidel equalized from the penalty spot for Elche after Dani Carvajal fouled Antonio Barragan, and the hosts could have taken the lead when Lucas Boye touched the outside of the post Edgar Badia saved from Carvajal and Sergio Ramos as Madrid looked for a winner before Thibaut Courtois did well to prevent Gonzalo Verdu’s free kick in extra time

At 1-0 at the start of the first half it felt like another good night for Madrid They were sailing and seemed ready to continue and comfortably win this game This feeling didn’t last after half time , however, and there was not enough reaction to Elche’s equalizer

Marcelo’s presence in Real Madrid’s starting XI has tended to mean one thing this season: a looming defeat. Before tonight, Madrid had claimed a win in their previous six starts and Ferland Mendy made the rear left position Here, however, there were signs the veteran Brazil may not have been an entirely lost cause.An active first half saw him advance frequently, hit the bar and generally play as if he had a point. to prove, although familiar defensive failures were also present

Madrid’s performance in the second half was strained here as the team’s reliance on key and experienced players such as Ramos, Modric and Karim Benzema started to look like a handicap The defense didn’t look strong enough, the midfielder was starting to run out of legs and the attack didn’t look inventive enough Others will have to step up and contribute soon

Elche are a decent side with a game plan and hardworking, technically competent players, but Madrid should have had enough to win this game that they didn’t and end the year behind Atletico Madrid in the table is a concern

6 – Zinedine Zidane made three changes to the squad that beat Granada on December 23 Most notable – and daring – was Marcelo’s first La Liga start since November Modric returned to midfield and Marco Asensio replaced Rodrygo in attack The first half was rather encouraging, but there was a worrying drop after half Zidane’s substitutions didn’t help change things, with neither Eden Hazard nor Vinicius Junior having had impact

GK Thibaut Courtois, 7 – A save in the first half, and was beaten by an unsavable penalty from Fidel A brilliant save to prevent Elche from scoring a winner in extra time

DF Dani Carvajal, 6 – Escaped the penalty with a reckless foul on Barragan right in front of the referee Had a good chance to score after that, saved by Badia

DF Raphael Varane, 6 – Embarrassed by Boye with skillful skill from the start Often left alone at the back as Madrid moved forward

DF Sergio Ramos, 6 – Seemed to spend as much time attacking as defending as Madrid looked for the three-point Crusader for Benzema in the first half, and was denied by Badia from close range in the second

DF Marcelo, 7 – Unlucky not to score when he hit the bar in the first 15 minutes Then I found Benzema in the box with a rear wheel A harder night to deal with defensively with winger Rigoni

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MF Casemiro, 7 – Threaded, nutty pass to find Asensio before half-time Unlucky to be booked for foul on Josema Sanchez when he played the ball first

MF Toni Kroos, 6 – Putting a broad header when he unexpectedly appeared at the far post Took a yellow card in the second half to prevent an Elche counterattack, and was pulled out shortly after

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MF Luka Modric, 7 – Returning from a minor injury to score his first headed goal for the club Showed quick reactions to reach the ball first when Asensio’s shot came back from the bar Le best performer of the night

FW Marco Asensio, 6 – Awarded a start after his best performance of the season against Granada Created the first game with a vicious, deflecting shot that Badia did well to push onto the woodwork Fainted badly in the second half

FW Lucas Vazquez, 7 – Second half shot saved from a difficult angle Madrid’s most consistent attacking player here, without doing much

FW Karim Benzema, 6 – A quieter night, after scoring four goals in his previous three league games I struggled to find space Half chances came when he nearly got connect to two centers with his head

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Ebene News – United States – Real Madrid lose points despite 7/10 night for Modric, Casemiro

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