Friday, March 24

Alaba scores on 1st touch, Real Madrid rallies past Almeria

MADRID (AP) — It was perfect timing for Real Madrid in its Spanish league opener on Sunday.

As David Alaba prepared to come into the match by the sideline, Luka Modric was being brought down by a defender just outside the penalty area.

The 75th-minute foul happened just in time for Alaba to come off the bench and score on his first touch to help Real Madrid rally to a 2-1 victory over promoted Almería.

The defender said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti told him exactly what to do.

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