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Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema scores twice as Real win on opening day

Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid beat Alaves in their La Liga opener as Carlo Ancelotti and Gareth Bale returned to the club.

Bale, back from a loan spell at Tottenham, was in former Everton boss Ancelotti's first starting XI.

Eden Hazard set up Benzema's opener with a nice flick and Nacho doubled the lead with a volley.

Benzema scored again and Joselu slotted a penalty for Alaves before Vinicius Jr scored a late fourth for Real.

David Alaba made his Real debut at left-back after his free-transfer move from Bayern Munich - and set up that late Vinicius goal.

Real laboured in the first half but cruised after the break, with Hazard looking in good shape following the fitness problems that have plagued his time at Madrid so far.

A backheel pass by the Belgium playmaker for Benzema's opener in particular was outstanding.

Bale's Real Madrid career looks revived after the appointment of Ancelotti, having struggled to get in Zinedine Zidane's team before going to Spurs for a year. His previous Real game was against Mallorca in June 2020.

Line-ups

Alavés

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pacheco
  • 21Aguirregabiria
  • 5Laguardia
  • 22Lejeune
  • 3Duarte
  • 8PinaSubstituted forMoyaat 82'minutes
  • 20PonsSubstituted forLoumat 59'minutes
  • 11RiojaSubstituted forPellistriat 68'minutes
  • 14García AlonsoBooked at 35minsSubstituted forGuidettiat 59'minutes
  • 17MéndezSubstituted forMartínat 68'minutes
  • 9Joselu

Substitutes

  • 2Rodríguez
  • 6Loum
  • 7Pérez
  • 10Guidetti
  • 12García
  • 13Sivera
  • 15Moya
  • 18Pellistri
  • 19Martín
  • 26Abqar
  • 27López
  • 29Hara

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1CourtoisBooked at 64mins
  • 17Vázquez
  • 3Militão
  • 6Nacho
  • 4Alaba
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forIscoat 88'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 10ModricSubstituted forAsensioat 88'minutes
  • 18BaleBooked at 53minsSubstituted forRodrygoat 68'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forJovicat 88'minutes
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Asensio
  • 13Lunin
  • 16Jovic
  • 19Odriozola
  • 20Vinícius Júnior
  • 21Rodrygo
  • 22Isco
  • 27Blanco
  • 35Gutiérrez
  • 40Fuidias
Referee:
César Soto Grado
Attendance:
3,968

Match Stats

Home TeamAlavésAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alaves 1, Real Madrid 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alaves 1, Real Madrid 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Alaves 1, Real Madrid 4. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Alaba with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Fernando Pacheco.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Casemiro.

  6. Post update

    Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Toni Moya (Alaves).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Jovic replaces Karim Benzema.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Marco Asensio replaces Luka Modric.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Federico Valverde.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Alaves. Toni Moya replaces Tomás Pina.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mamadou Loum (Alaves) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Facundo Pellistri.

  15. Post update

    Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mamadou Loum (Alaves).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Florian Lejeune.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Rodrygo (Real Madrid).

  19. Post update

    Rubén Duarte (Alaves) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Rodrygo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 14th August 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid11004133
2Valencia11001013
3Cádiz10101101
4Levante10101101
5Mallorca10101101
6Real Betis10101101
7Espanyol10100001
8Osasuna10100001
9Ath Bilbao00000000
10Atl Madrid00000000
11Barcelona00000000
12Celta Vigo00000000
13Elche00000000
14Granada00000000
15Rayo Vallecano00000000
16Real Sociedad00000000
17Sevilla00000000
18Villarreal00000000
19Getafe100101-10
20Alavés100114-30
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