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Elche 1-2 Real Madrid: Vinicius Junior double sends visitors top

Real Madrid moved top of La Liga on goal difference with a narrow victory at Elche.

Vinicius Junior opened the scoring midway through the first half, latching onto Mariano's flick-on and sending a low finish into the corner.

Elche's Raul Guti was sent off for a rash challenge on Toni Kroos before Vinicius doubled Real's lead with a cool finish from Luka Modric's pass.

Pere Milla scored late on to give Elche hope, but Real held on.

The hosts matched Carlo Ancelotti's side - who were without injured top scorer Karim Benzema - for large spells and could have opened the scoring through Lucas Boye, but the Argentine's shot was superbly saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Lucas Perez should have restored parity after Vinicius' opener but turned Javier Pastore's flick well wide of Courtois' goal.

Real Sociedad can reclaim top spot on Sunday evening when they host Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao.

Line-ups

Elche

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Casilla
  • 14Palacios Zapata
  • 3Roco
  • 6Bigas
  • 22Mojica
  • 12PérezSubstituted forBenedettoat 71'minutes
  • 8Gutiérrez ParejoBooked at 63mins
  • 21MascarellSubstituted forMarconeat 81'minutes
  • 16Chaves de la TorreSubstituted forMillaat 81'minutes
  • 15PastoreSubstituted forGumbauat 71'minutes
  • 9BoyéSubstituted forMorente Olivaat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gumbau
  • 4González
  • 5Verdú
  • 7Carrillo
  • 10Milla
  • 11Morente Oliva
  • 13Badia
  • 17Ferrández Pomares
  • 18Benedetto
  • 19Barragán
  • 23Marcone
  • 24Sánchez Guillén

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forCarvajalat 65'minutes
  • 3Militão
  • 4Alaba
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forMendyat 65'minutes
  • 10ModricSubstituted forCamavingaat 84'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 21RodrygoSubstituted forAsensioat 18'minutes
  • 24Mariano
  • 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forE Hazardat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Vallejo
  • 6Nacho
  • 7E Hazard
  • 11Asensio
  • 13Lunin
  • 16Jovic
  • 22Isco
  • 23Mendy
  • 25Camavinga
  • 27Blanco
  • 40Fuidias
Referee:
Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Attendance:
23,010

Match Stats

Home TeamElcheAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home13
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Elche 1, Real Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Elche 1, Real Madrid 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Pere Milla (Elche).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pedro Bigas (Elche) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gerard Gumbau with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Eder Militão (Real Madrid).

  7. Post update

    Pedro Bigas (Elche) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mariano (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eduardo Camavinga following a fast break.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid).

  10. Post update

    Iván Marcone (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mariano (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Elche 1, Real Madrid 2. Pere Milla (Elche) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Darío Benedetto with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darío Benedetto (Elche) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pere Milla.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Eden Hazard replaces Vinícius Júnior.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Eduardo Camavinga replaces Luka Modric.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Elche. Tete Morente replaces Lucas Boyé.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Elche. Pere Milla replaces Fidel.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Elche. Iván Marcone replaces Omar Mascarell.

  20. Post update

    Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 30th October 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid1173126121424
2Sevilla117311971224
3Real Sociedad11731169724
4Real Betis116321912721
5Rayo Vallecano116141812619
6Atl Madrid105411510519
7Osasuna125431415-119
8Ath Bilbao10451106417
9Barcelona114431612416
10Valencia124441817116
11Espanyol113531111014
12Mallorca113441016-613
13Villarreal112631312112
14Celta Vigo113171014-410
15Elche12246915-610
16Alavés11317614-810
17Granada10154814-68
18Cádiz111551018-88
19Levante110651120-96
20Getafe11038417-133
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