Zidane let Modric and Kroos, three days away from playing the European future on Tuesday against the Atalanta, and Madrid revealed during an hour of the game a serious ineffectiveness in the creation of the game, powerless against an Elche with interest, intensity and order that took the lead. When Zidane recovered the center of the field of a lifetime, Madrid tied and, again thanks to a final arreón and two goals from Benzema, added three fundamental points for his aspirations to the title.
He returned, straight from the infirmary to the tenure, Sergio Ramos as the central element of a three-man defense, a kind of dress rehearsal for the Champions League. He also returned after injury Danger, from the bench to complete 15 minutes of insignificance.
Dominance without chances
From the first minute, Madrid’s territorial and ball dominance was almost absolute, immersed in a laborious and almost artisanal work to overcome the defensive framework of a well-protected Elche, with no spaces between its lines.
After almost half an hour without being shot at his goal, the Elche he stopped being gripped and, before the parsimonious rhythm of the game, began to occupy the rival field. Thanks to that, the counterattack was the closest thing to a Madrid goal chance in the first half, an unusual event, an oasis in the desert that was the game.
Never a siege to the rival area of Madrid was so innocuous for the rival. Zidane’s team harassed Elche, but a claim from Ramos penalty, by a grab when the rival fell after the struggle, it was the closest to the goal he was.
On the contrary, in their first forays into attack in the second half, Elche also claimed their penalty, forced Cuts to make a great save and immediately took the lead with an immeasurable headbutt of Dani Calvo above Varane.
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Forced to look for solutions, Zidane put Modric ya Kroos with half an hour ahead, again with the obligation to besiege the rival to get something. He began to fuel the white team with his usual midfielders, and it did not take long to draw.
The scorer was, of course, Benzema, also upside down and with more than a quarter of an hour to go. Even so, Madrid hurried until the addition, against a worthy Elche, when the Frenchman reappeared to manufacture the white victory goal.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.