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Leganés v Real Madrid Live Commentary, 15/04/2019

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1 - 1
LEG
RMA
J. Silva (45)
K. Benzema (51)
Estadio Municipal de Butarque

Commentary

That's all from Leganes' hard-earned 1-1 draw with Madrid. Thank you and goodbye!
Madrid will be disappointed with their failure to put the sword to a lesser side, but ultimately the result is inconsequential as their spot in the top four is secure and the title is out of their reach. They remain third in the table with the visit of Athletic Bilbao to look forward to on the weekend. Leganes, meanwhile, move up to 11th, 10 points clear of the relegation zone and they travel to Villarreal on Sunday.
Leganes celebrate as they claim their first league point against Madrid with a confident performance against a dominant opponent. The home side took the lead with the final kick of the first half, Silva curling a shot beyond Navas after some phenomenal hold-up play from Braithwaite, but it was a tough task to see that out without conceding. Madrid duly equalised in the 51st minute, Benzema burying a shot from a difficult angle and they took the initiative. Marcelo forced a save from Cuellar late on, a minute after En-Nesyri had a goal ruled out for offside, as the game ended with the spoils shared.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: LEGANES 1-1 REAL MADRID.
90' + 3' Valverde misplaces a pass into touch as the clock ticks into the final minute and Leganes will be happy to see this out.
90' Braithwaite plays in En-Nesyri with a wonderful throughball from inside his own half and he's charging down on goal. He twists and turns under pressure from Varane, but the defender is strong, stays on his feet and does enough to put En-Nesyri off, so much so that he doesn't get a shot away.
89' Recio concedes a foul for a strong challenge on Modric and it's a chance for Madrid to reassert some control over possession and push for a winner.
87' Madrid are playing some wonderfully free-flowing football in the last few minutes, but En-Nesyri's disallowed goal was something of a wake-up call to remind them that they can still lose this game.
Recio
Mikel Vesga
Leganés
85' Recio comes on to bolster the centre of midfield, replacing Vesga.
85' WHAT A SAVE! Cuellar is alert to the danger and stays strong in the face of a fierce Marcelo shot from just inside the box. Benzema was excellent in the build-up, flicking the ball on to the left-back with the inside of his foot.
84' OFFSIDE! En-Nesyri has the ball in the back of the net after a lovely finish under Navas, but he drifted into an offside position to latch onto Nyom's throughball and the assistant referee gets the call absolutely right.
83' Bale has four goals against Leganes, scoring in three of his four LaLiga games against them, but will he be the match winner today?
G. Bale
Marco Asensio
Real Madrid
81' That proved to be Asensio's final contribution as he comes off for Bale.
81' Modric plays in Asensio with a delightful flick, but the Spaniard sees two crosses blocked in quick succession and Leganes are able to break.
79' Leganes are unbeaten in their last three LaLiga games, winning two and drawing one, after losing the two beforehand. They're pushing for a winner against a vulnerable Madrid side, but it could well backfire and result in them conceding a second. Everything hangs in the balance during a tense second half.
Lucas Vázquez
Isco
Real Madrid
77' Vazquez comes on for Isco in an attempt to score a second and win the game.
75' It's such an open game at the moment, from Braithwaite nearly getting in behind Varane to Benzema seeing a shot saved at the other end of the pitch in the space of seconds.
73' Leganes have a throw deep in Madrid territory, but Isco makes a block and the home side are forced to recycle the ball.
N. El Zhar
Eraso
Leganés
71' Pellegrino is going for the win here it seems, making a positive change by bringing on El Zhar for Eraso.
70' Leganes have responded extremely well to going behind. They haven't let their heads drop and they're positive in their play, always looking to go forward and put crosses into the box.
69' Modric spreads play wide to Carvajal, who crosses into the box and Asensio gets in front of his marker to get a touch on the ball, but Cuellar has his goal covered and makes a straightforward save.
F. Valverde
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
67' Valverde goes into the book after catching Nyom late.
67' Nyom turns inside to beat Valverde, but the midfielder catches him and gives away a free-kick on the Leganes right.
Y. En-Nesyri
G. Carrillo
Leganés
65' Carrillo has put in a hard shift up front, but he comes off for En-Nesyri.
63' Silva is right in the thick of the action, this time with a header after arriving late in the box to connect with a Nyom cross, but it's straight at Navas.
Marco Asensio
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
61' Asensio goes into the book after complaining about the decision to award a free-kick against him.
61' Silva wins a free-kick with some theatrics in a clash with Asensio, who complains about it to the referee. This offers the home side some brief respite.
59' This is far more like it from Madrid. They're dominating possession, but the difference from the first half is that every pass is measured and purposeful. Leganes are struggling to cope with the onslaught.
57' Modric sends a cross towards the far post, but Bustinza gets his head to the ball to put it out for a corner.
55' There's more purpose about Madrid now and they can sense the shift in momentum. It's a big ask for Leganes to score again, especially with Los Blancos now in the driving seat.
53' Zidane has won three and lost one of his four matches in his second spell in charge of Madrid and Benzema's goal reduces the chances of the manager ending up on the wrong side of the result for a second time in five games.
K. Benzema
Goal
Real Madrid
51' GOAL! MADRID ARE LEVEL! Benzema nets his 18th goal in LaLiga this season, finishing from a very tight angle after his intial shot was saved. Cuellar got down low to stop the initial effort from Benzema - who latched onto Modric's througball - but the Frenchman got to the rebound first and slipped it into the bottom-right corner from a very difficult position.
50' Asensio delivers the set piece towards the penalty spot, but Leganes clear easily.
50' The perpetrator turns victim as Carvajal draws a push in the back from Silva to win a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Dani Carvajal
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
48' Carvajal is shown the first yellow card of the game for dissenting against the referee's decision to award Leganes a throw.
48' Given Madrid are now chasing the game, the question is whether there'll be an improvement in their intensity in the second half. Their body language suggests that they aren't performing to their maximum and they'll need to step it up a gear to engineer a comeback.
46' Leganes resume the action hoping to see out a narrow 1-0 lead.
Leganes boss Pellegrino hasn’t beaten Madrid in any of his four league matches against them, drawing one and losing three, while Leganes haven't earned a league point against today's opponents in their history. With a 1-0 lead at half-time, can they see this out for a momentous victory?
There isn't too much to report so far, but Leganes deservedly lead at the break through a Silva goal with the final kick of the half. Madrid dominated from the start and arguably should have gone ahead through Asensio, but the Spaniard couldn't beat Cuellar in the eighth minute. Leganes grew more confident as the game went on and had chances of their own, Braithwaite in particular missing from a couple of yards out. But they got their breakthrough eventually when Silva arrived at the edge of the box to bend a shot beyond Navas.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: LEGANES 1-0 REAL MADRID.
M. Braithwaite
Assist
Leganés
45' Braithwaite has been a fantastic servant up front so far and he demonstrated his strength once more to hold the ball up in the box and pass it into Silva's feet.
J. Silva
Goal
Leganés
45' GOAAAAAL! LEGANES LEAD 1-0! Bustinza fires a long throw into the box, Carrillo gets a head on it to help it along and Braithwaite uses his body as a shield to hold play up, protect the ball and allow Silva to arrive. The defender then puts his left foot through it to curl the ball out of Navas' reach. This certainly wasn't in the script!
45' CHANCE FOR MADRID! Marcelo's cross following the corner drops to Varane's feet at the penalty spot and Cuellar gets down low to his right to make a brilliant save and keep the scores level.
44' Asensio again has a chance to test Cuellar from distance after cutting in from the Madrid right, but the shot takes a deflection and goes out for a corner.
43' Carvajal uses his speed to get past Silva on the right of the pitch, but Siovas is quick to come across and make a strong challenge to put the ball out for a throw.
41' Isco tries to find the top-left corner with the set piece, perhaps catching Cuellar out, but the ball floats over the bar.
40' Isco wins a free-kick on the edge of the Leganes box as Bustinza gets his body in the way of the ball and brings the Madrid midfielder down.
40' Leganes are building some pressure in Madrid territory, but it breaks down after Perez fouls Benzema as the pair clash for a loose ball.
39' Isco gives the ball away into Braithwaite's path and he tries to feed Eraso charging down the Leganes right, but the Dane's pass is too heavy and a promising attack amounts to nothing.
37' Asensio has a little space to attack on the edge of the box, but he elects to shoot from distance and his effort is wildly over the bar.
35' Modric spreads play superbly to Benzema out on the right side of the pitch, but Siovas is composed enough to win the ball back.
33' Braithwaite is breaking at speed down the Leganes left, but support is slow to arrive and the move breaks down, with Madrid taking control of the ball.
31' Madrid have conceded a league high 54 per cent of their goals in the first half of games this season - 20 out of 37 conceded - but it's goalless after half an hour against Leganes and the home side haven't exactly been the most threatening of opponents.
29' Nyom whips in an in-swinging cross from Leganes' right towards the far post, but again it's overhit and Navas comes off his line to claim it.
27' Eraso floats in a corner and Braithwaite goes down in the box under pressure from Varane and Carvajal. The crowd are incensed, but the referee waves away any protests and play goes on.
26' Asensio finds Modric on the edge of the box, but the two can't combine and the Croatian midfielder gives away a free-kick for a foul on Silva after losing the ball.
23' Madrid have had 68.7 per cent of the ball so far today, but they've only managed to muster two shots on target, the same number as Leganes. Los Blancos need to improve their efficiency in possession.
21' Marcelo tries to find Isco with a simple pass, but it's a poor attempt and he gives the ball away. Casemiro ends up drawing a foul from Nyom in the aftermath to relieve Madrid of any danger on the break.
19' Despite a couple of early chances, there isn't a lot of intensity to either side's performance so far, perhaps reflecting the fact that neither have anything to play for. Madrid can't win the title, while Leganes are essentially safe in LaLiga for next season. It's a moot game.
17' Eraso is the next to have a decent chance to put Leganes ahead, but he heads the cross wide and Navas isn't tested at all.
15' WHAT A CHANCE! Braithwaite has just missed a glorious opportunity! Siovas heads a free kick into the six-yard box, but Braithwaite wasn't expecting it and he sends it wide from two yards out!
14' Has Pellegrino opted for the right strategy today? His Leganes side are set up with the intention of retaining their shape and frustrating Madrid, but it's ultimately gifting them too much time on the ball and they're passing comfortably. This could backfire.
12' Navas is quick off his line to claim a speculative Nyom cross from the Leganes right. He should have done far better with that given the physicality of Braithwaite especially.
10' That's a fantastic piece of defending from Siovas, clearing a Modric cross with his heels while laying on the turf. It's not conventional, but it's certainly stylish.
8' CHANCE FOR MADRID! Asensio nearly makes it 1-0 with a low shot from inside the box. He shifts the ball onto his left foot excellently with a deft first touch, but it's not the best-placed shot and Cuellar claims it fairly easily.
6' Although Madrid will enjoy more of the ball, there will be opportunities to break for Leganes, especially against a back four containing out-of-form Marcelo and unfit Carvajal. Los Blancos are also without Sergio Ramos today, but can Leganes capitalise?
4' Madrid are patient in their opening passages of play, building up to a Carvajal cross from the right flank, but it's overhit and goes out for a goal-kick.
2' Leganes have started brightly against their formidable visitors, but their possession breaks down after Perez fouls Isco deep in Madrid territory.
1' Madrid, in their red kit, get the action underway, attacking right-to-left.
The teams are on their way out and we’re moments away from kick-off.
Rumours consistently linger about his Madrid future, but Benzema is Los Blancos' LaLiga top scorer by some distance and he’s been involved in at least one goal in his last five league games, scoring six and making three assists. It’s no surprise that he leads the line again today.
Sabin Merino drops out of the Leganes squad as Mauricio Pellegrino opts to partner Braithwaite and Carrillo up front, the latter returning from suspension. Zidane makes three changes from the Madrid side that beat Eibar last week, with Marcelo, Carvajal and Casemiro all returning in favour of Bale, Odriozola and Sergio Reguilon. There’s still no place for Thibaut Courtois, with Zidane’s son Luca preferred on the bench.
SUBS: Luca Zidane, Alvaro Odriozola, Jesus Vallejo, Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale.
REAL MADRID XI (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Isco, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio.
SUBS: Juanfran, Michael Santos, Recio, Nabil El Zhar, Rodrigo Tarin, Youssef En-Nesyri, Andres Prieto.
LEGANES XI (5-3-2): Ivan Cuellar; Allan Nyom, Unai Bustinza, Kenneth Omeruo, Dimitrios Siovas, Jonathan Silva; Mikel Vesga, Ruben Perez, Javier Eraso; Guido Carrillo, Martin Braithwaite.
Although Madrid have won each of their five LaLiga fixtures against Leganes - scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game - Leganes can perhaps find some solace in the fact that they won their most recent meeting with the Spanish powerhouse, winning 1-0 in the second leg of the Copa Del Rey last-16 back in January.
Despite a turbulent season in which they’ve sacked two managers, a Zinedine Zidane-led Madrid are still comfortably in the top four of LaLiga, but this is their chance to narrow the gap with second-placed Atletico Madrid to just two points; anything to end their season somewhat positively. For Leganes, their top-flight status is most likely secure for next season after hitting the 40-point mark and a win against Los Blancos could propel them into the top half.
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