Madrid (AFP) – Eden Hazard started for the first time since September on Sunday, but Riga leader Real Madrid were denied 11 consecutive victories due to a frustrating goalless draw with Cadiz. ..
A series of positive Covid tests helped Carlo Ancelotti bring in hazards from the cold, but his team couldn’t find a way to counter the determined Cadiz side at Santiago Bernabeu.
After second-placed Sevilla defeated Atletico Madrid on Saturday, the stalemate reduced Madrid’s lead at the top of LaLiga from 8 points to 6 points at the end of the weekend.
Losing three games in a row in the league means defending champion Atletico is 14 points behind, while Barcelona, who defeated Elche on Saturday, are 16 points behind in 7th place. increase.
Hazard’s final start in Madrid was a humiliating defeat in the Champions League on September 21, and the Belgian season was again interrupted by injury and lack of strength.
But form was also an important factor. After Ancelotti clearly states that he “prefers other players,” he must show patience and patience to regain his position while acknowledging the hazards.
Hazard could depart as early as January if there were significant bids, with little influence from the right wing in the first half, but an immeasurable improvement in the second half at the age of 30. It was a reassuring night for me.
It’s still unclear if any of Marco Asensio, Rodrigo or Gareth Bale will be available for the match at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, but hazards are at least enough for him to keep up with his latest attempts. I hope you did. Revival.
Luka Modric also missed, giving Federico Valverde a chance to impress in the middle, but Madrid missed the Croat’s creativity, especially early on.
If either team was lucky in the 45th minute of the opening, it was Real Madrid. It may have been reduced to 10 when Casemiro was shown a yellow card in a two-legged challenge jumping from behind in Arejo.
Madrid dominated the contest, but struggled to defeat Cadiz. Cadiz limited his opponents to speculative crosses and optimistic efforts from afar. Barberde was the closest on a stinging long-distance drive.
Hazard was virtually anonymous for the first 45 minutes. There were no single shots, crosses, or key passes from the right side, and it seemed lost and isolated.
However, he drifted more centrally in front of Vini Jr. and Karim Benzema in the second half, and suddenly more sparks came out.
In the 50th minute, Hazard returned with a gorgeous flick on Benzema. I tried a Vini Jr. cross, but cut it out. He had to roll off one marker, skip another marker, be overtaken by Toni Kroos, and then flick the header a lot to score.
With Ancelotti throwing Barberde into Luka Jović, the match was still goalless with 20 minutes remaining. Cadiz was arguably the best chance, but Alvaro Negredo fired wide in a space just eight yards away.
Madrid advanced before Benzema weaved before scooping. After that, Flemchiman scrambled Dip’s free kick.
Hazard was thrilled in the box at the time of the injury, but the ball did not fall fast enough for him and Cadiz survived.
– Soccer Sports
Hazard is back, but Real Madrid couldn’t find a way through Cadiz
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