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Real Madrid v Las Palmas Live Commentary, 05/11/2017

FT
3 - 0
RMA
LPM
Casemiro (41)
Marco Asensio (56)
Isco (74)
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Commentary

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Las Palmas should be pleased with their efforts and they will get easier ties in the coming weeks. Ayestaran is under pressure but he is experienced enough to help them climb out of the drop zone.
While they were not at their best, Madrid kicked into gear at the right time and will breath a huge sigh of relief going into the international break. Ronaldo's wait for a goal continues, but Jesus Vallejo's La Liga debut went well at the back.
After a tough week, Madrid get the job done against Las Palmas on home soil. Goals from Casemiro, Asensio and Isco do the damage as Zidane's side move on from back-to-back defeats.
FULL-TIME Real Madrid 3-0 Las Palmas.
Calleri nearly scores a consolation goal after breaking the offisde trap but Casilla stops his effort with a one-handed save.
Both teams now just waiting for the full-time whistle but Asensio's goal still the highlight of the game. The youngster seems to get better in each game and that is a goal of the season contender.
Ronaldo's wait for a goal continues as he is left laying on the floor in frustration. The former Manchester United man continues to be denied but he has worked hard and grabbed an important assist so far.
Vallejo receives a round of applause from the home crowd after he flies across the box to clear Navarro's cross for a corner.
Madrid fans are now slowly leaving the Santiago Bernabeu after a job well done by their team under immense pressure.
Vitolo has continued to throw himself to the floor throughout the game but this time he gets a free-kick on the left wing.
Replays now show Lizoain got a hand to Ramos' flick. What a save that was!
Another Las Palmas attack causes a bit of panic in the Madrid box but a header behind from Jesus Vallejo ensures his team still have a three-goal cushion.
Hernán
A. Aquilani
Las Palmas
Alberto Aquilani has worked hard this evening but he is replaced by Hernan Santana.
Huge chance for Las Palmas is wasted by Jonathan Calleri as he latches onto a cross and shoots wide but the offside flag goes up to spare his blushes.
Madrid win a corner after Navarro is forced to turn the ball behind. Mauricio Lemos clear the danger and Madrid force it back into the box but Sergio Ramos' effort strikes the bar and the visitors clear at the second attempt.
Penalty claims from Madrid but denied by the officials as Nacho goes down in the box. Ronaldo and co complain but we move on.
Ximo Navarro
Yellow Card
Las Palmas
Yellow card for Ximo Navarro as he gets carried away and flies into the tackle.
Dani Ceballos
T. Kroos
Real Madrid
Zidane now rests Germany international and he is brought off for Daniel Ceballos.
Ronaldo now goes close from the edge of the box as he latches onto a through ball but his effort just flies over the bar.
Replays show Vitolo went down far too easily in the build-up to the Madrid third goal and Marcos Llorente nearly makes it four with a distance from the edge of the box.
Lucas Vázquez
K. Benzema
Real Madrid
Benzema is booed as he leaves the field and he is now replaced by Lucas Vázquez.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Assist
Real Madrid
Ronaldo shows his unselfish side with a lovely cross from the right wing to get the assist.
Isco
Goal
Real Madrid
GOALLLL Madrid now 3-0 up. Superb counter attack from the home side sees Isco left unmarked and he places the ball into the back of the net.
Las Palmas have enjoyed more possession since bringing on Loic Remy but they have yet to find the ex-Newcastle man. Fellow forward Vitolo continues to get into better areas but he has yet to open his account for the night.
To their credit, Las Palmas are working hard and chasing down every ball but their lack of quality in the final third is letting them down. Boss Ayestaran will know they will get easier assignments in the coming weeks.
Marcos Llorente
Casemiro
Real Madrid
Madrid make their first change as Casemiro gets a well-earned rest and is replaced by Marcos Llorente.
L. Rémy
Vicente Gómez
Las Palmas
Substitution for Las Palmas as Vicente Gómez makes way for Loïc Rémy.
T. Kroos
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
Toni Kroos is the latest man in the book for a poor challenge.
Madrid in total control now and passing the ball around with much more freedom. A couple of subs will be expected as they try to look after their star players.
Asensio's goal worthy of winning any match and that should prove too much for Las Palmas who have worked hard tonight.
Marco Asensio
Goal
Real Madrid
WOW ASENSIO MAKES IT TWO - Madrid try to score from a floated cross but Las Palmas clear the danger. However, it falls to Asensio who smashes his effort into the top corner to give Lizoain no chance in goal. Simply sublime!
Las Palmas appeal for a penalty as Vitolo goes down in the box under a challenge but the referee waves away any protests as Marcelo asks for a yellow card for diving.
The ball in is poor and Madrid block the danger at the near post to calm any nerves inside the Santiago Bernabeu.
After a half-time team-talk from Zidane, Madrid look a little more composed but they have some defending to do after giving away a free-kick in a dangerous area.
Madrid make a strong start to the second-half and they nearly double their advantage after a superb cross from left-back Marcelo. The Las Palmas defence allows him time to cross but they eventually recover at the near post.
The match resumes as Madrid kick the second-half off in front of their home fans.
Las Palmas have worked hard so far and will be frustrated to concede from a set piece but they will still pose a threat going forward. Madrid need to score the second goal and that should see the visitors lose their confidence.
Despite being well below their best, Madrid deserve to lead at the break. While the goal comes from the unlikely source of Casemiro, it shows Madrid still have plenty of attacking threat after a tough few weeks. Benzema and Ronaldo could have scored before that but Zidane will be pleased to see his team in front.
HALF-TIME - Real Madrid 1-0 Las Palmas.
Isco
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
Yellow card for Isco after a sloppy challenge in the middle of the park.
Casemiro
Goal
Real Madrid
GOAAALLLL Madrid lead 1-0 and Casemiro is the man who finally calms everyone down in the Santiago Bernabeu. A corner comes in and takes a deflection but Casemiro keeps calm to head home.
Benzema is jeered as he misses a lovely chance to score. A cross from the right is inch-perfect but he times his run poorly and heads thin air and Las Palmas clear.
Madrid continue to shoot wide of the target against a determined Las Palmas defence and the half-time interval may be need for them to regroup.
Defender Nacho sends another warning sign to the Las Palmas defence as he drills a crisp effort towards goal but a corner is given. From the resulting set-piece Madrid cannot create much and a goal-kick is given.
Half an hour gone and Madrid's lack of form has shown but they've continued to chip away. Playing in front of their home crowd may not help tonight but they should still have enough class to beat their opponents.
Ronaldo makes up for his poor free-kick by taking on the Las Palmas defence, after skipping inside he curls the ball towards the far corner but his effort is inches away from finding the net.
Nothing comes of the free-kick as Ronaldo's effort smashes into the wall and out for a throw-in.
Zidane's men appeal for a penalty on the edge of the box after the ball strikes Ximo Navarro but after Las Palmas clear the danger they give a free-kick away on the edge of the box.
Still plenty of time for them to find their groove, but Madrid are struggling for confidence at the minute. Las Palmas have still shown signs of nerves at the back but this is a fine example of two teams desperate for a win.
Madrid guilty of slowing the play down and Las Palmas latch onto a loose pass and work the ball down the right wing. Michel Macedo is the man hugging the touchline but as he shoots the offside flag is raised and Madrid get the free-kick.
Madrid continue to go through the motions but a half-chance falls to Cristiano Ronaldo but the forward cannot spin and score and his left-footed drive finds the side netting.
Las Palmas prove their threat on the counter as on-loan Atletico man Vitolo tries his luck but Kika Casilla does enough as he recovers his original fumble.
Madrid try their arm from outside the box as Isco pings one towards goal but he can only find the stands and a goal kick is given.
The tempo of the game is suiting the visitors at the minute but Madrid have already shown the threat they will pose on the counter.
Midfielder Marco Asensio is the latest man to try his luck as he guides a header towards goal but it is far too easy for Lizoain to pick up.
First chance of the game falls to Real Madrid and striker Karim Benzema is the man who wastes the opporunity. The Frenchman is played in but he shoots straight at Las Palmas keeper Raul Lizoain.
Despite being the away side, Las Palmas have enjoyed the majority of possession so far with Madrid happy to let them keep the ball.
The match is underway as Las Palmas kick the game off.
Less than 10 minutes to go until kick-off as the players finish their warm-ups.
Zidane makes two changes to the team that lost to Spurs as Vallejo and Asensio replace Hakimi and Modric. Las Palmas coach Pako Ayestaran has made four changes to the side that were unable to get past Deportivo as Navarro, Macedo, Javi Castellano and Aquilani come in for Michel, Samper, Viera and Remy.
Las Palmas SUBS: Herrera, Remy, Samper, Santana, Chichizola, Momo, Garcia.
Las Palmas Starting XI (3-5-2): Lizoain, Navarro, Lemos, Bigas, Macedo, Dani Castellano, Gomez, Javi Castellano, Aquilani, Calleri, Vitolo.
Madrid SUBS: Moha Ramos, Modric, Vazquez, Ceballos, Llorente, Mayoral, Hernandez.
Real Madrid Starting XI (4-3-1-2): Casilla, Nacho, Jesus Vallejo, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Asensio, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Team news coming up...
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has seen his side win two of their last five matches and a win tonight would boost the confidence levels ahead of the international break. They lost to Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Las Palmas were beaten 3-1 by Deportivo La Coruna last time out.
The hosts come into this game under pressure after losing their last two games but Las Palmas have been in terrible form after winning just two games all season. Madrid are fourth ahead of the game, with Las Palmas lying in 19th.
Hello and welcome to tonight's live La Liga text commentary of Real Madrid vs Las Palmas from the Santiago Bernabeu.