Real Madrid were humbled by a 1 – 0 defeat against Alaves in La Liga on Saturday.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) October 6, 2018
Real Madrid‘s poor run continues as they mark their longest run without scoring in over 33 years. Experienced Alaves midfielder Manu Garcia scored the winner in the 95th minute.
The triple European champions had been pressured by Alaves for most of the match and they were lucky not to have conceded late in the second half when Alaves’ Jony fired a wide shot.
Alaves are the 4th team in a row to stop Real Madrid from scoring and coach Julen Lopetegui will face further scrutiny with this defeat, which followed a 1-0 loss at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, a 3-0 thrashing at Sevilla and a goalless draw with Atletico Madrid.
Real are joint-top of La Liga with 14 points after eight games but they could drop down to 4th if leaders Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid all win on Sunday. Alaves, whose luck have been changed since coach Abelardo Fernandez took over last December when they were struggling against relegation, rose to 3rd on the table.
Real boss made five changes to the team that led to the defeat in Moscow, recalling Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale while leaving out Marco Asensio.
Real had a few early chances when Karim Benzema and Dani Ceballos fired at former Real goalkeeper Pacheco. Benzema went close to scoring in the ninth minute but Ximo Navarro‘s fantastic goal-line clearance denied Madrid an opener and that was the last chance of mark the visitors would create for the rest of the match.
Lopetegui took an early effort to boost his side’s attack, bringing on centre forward Mariano Diaz for Benzema at the start of the second half and later pushed forward Spain forward Marco Asensio and Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr. Asensio’s introduction inserted some gravity, but it was Alaves substitute Garcia who would make a difference.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 6, 2018
Alaves continued to snaffle out any threat and Garcia’s last-minute strike turned the visitors’ frustrations into despair. Garcia gained from the terrible Madrid marking and headed the goal from point-blank range in the final minute of the added time to hand the hosts a famous victory. Deportivo Alaves claimed a first home La Liga win over Real Madrid since 1931.
Real Madrid will need to come back in style when they take on Levante after the international break, while third-placed Alaves currently level on points with Los Blancos travel to Celta Vigo.