Real Madrid 2-0 Alaves: Three things you may have missed

  • Rob Swan

Real Madrid are on the brink of winning the 2019-20 La Liga title following Friday night’s 2-0 victory over Alaves.

Zinedine Zidane’s side won thanks to goals either side of half-time from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio.

Los Blancos are now just two wins away from clinching their 34th domestic league title.

Madrid took the lead thanks to Benzema’s 11th-minute penalty.

This is the third straight game in which the league-leaders have been awarded - and scored - a spot-kick.

Referee Jesus Gil’s decision to award Madrid the penalty for Ximo Navarro’s ‘foul’ on Ferland Mendy went down badly with rival fans on social media.

They felt the penalty was incredibly soft and it’s easy to understand why.

Sergio Ramos would have taken the spot-kick but he was suspended for this fixture, so watched from the stands at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano.

And his reaction to the penalty being awarded was caught on camera…

Something else caught on camera was Casemiro’s unusual behaviour while the penalty was being taken.

The Brazilian midfielder was spotted on the half-way line faced away from the penalty.

It turns out this isn’t the first time he’s done this, either...

Mendy was named Man of the Match at the end of the game and fans loved the moment he bullied poor Borja Sainz off the pitch in the second half.

Incredible strength from the Madrid left-back.

Meanwhile, Thibaut Courtois continued his fine run of form by keeping yet another clean sheet.

The Belgian became the first Real Madrid goalkeeper to keep 18 clean sheets in any La Liga season since 1988.

"He has a very big influence. He is our goalkeeper, what he is doing every game is phenomenal," Madrid coach Zidane told a news conference, via AS, per Goal.

"It is a matter for everyone when it comes to defending … today, he [Courtois] has been good for us with two or three stops, and then the strength of the entire team.

"We have to continue like this."


Madrid face Granada, Villarreal and Leganes in their remaining three league fixtures.

At this stage, it’s surely already a case of name on the trophy.

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