Real Madrid made a bad deal with this draw in Elche (1-1) on Wednesday night in La Liga. Atlético now has a 2-point lead in the lead.
After 5 consecutive victories in Liga in December (in the space of 3 and a half weeks!), the real Madrid ended the year with a 0-0 draw at a promoted Elche on Wednesday evening for Matchday 16. During this series of successes, the Merengues had been saved on several occasions by largely favorable arbitration decisions. This time it was not.
Zinédine Zidane’s men nevertheless made an excellent start to the match. They were rewarded with the opening score signed Luka Modric (20th). On a long shot from Marco Asensio pushed back from the crossbar, the Croatian midfielder sprang to score with a header. The referee then awarded a non-existent penalty to the Merengues, before changing his mind after viewing the images (36th).
End of series for Benzema
It was on a simple eccentric free kick from Elche that Daniel Carvajal made a huge collision of jersey on an opponent, offering an indisputable penalty to the locals, transformed by Fidel (52nd). Stunned and especially quickly tired, the reigning champions had very few chances thereafter.
Entrants Eden Hazard and Vinicius did not bring much and one last opportunity to Karim Benzema was not enough (89th), while the Lyonnais had scored in the last 3 matches of Real. We will have to do better against Celta de Iago Aspas, from Saturday, so as not to lose more ground on Atlético.
La Liga standings