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Real Madrid v Girona Live Commentary, 30/10/2022

FT
1 - 1
RMA
GIR
Vinícius Júnior (70)
C. Stuani (80 pen)
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Commentary

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Madrid host Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday before travelling to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga next Monday evening. Girona welcome Athletic Bilbao to their corner of Catalonia on Friday night.
Girona earn a deserved point at the Santiago Bernabeu. It was Madrid who took the lead through Vinicius in the second half only for the visitors to equalise through Stuani from the spot with 10 minutes of the 90 remaining. The result helps Girona climb out of the bottom three, into 16th, and sees Madrid leapfrog Barcelona and regain the leadership of LaLiga.
90' + 10' FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 1-1 GIRONA
90' + 8' Madrid are pushing for a last-minute winner.
90' + 6' Alaba is the player who takes the resulting free-kick - but his floated ball to Rudiger at the back post is mis-controlled and goes out for a goal kick.
Arnau Martínez
Yellow Card
Girona
90' + 4' Arnau is booked for a professional foul on Vinicius.
90' + 2' Girona are gritting their teeth, determined to hold out for what would be an invaluable away point.
90' + 1' Kroos is given his marching orders after picking up a second yellow for a foul that disrupted a breakaway.
90' There will be nine minutes of additional time at the end of this second half.
90' Rodrygo has the ball in the net but the referee has flagged for a foul and disallowed it - the Brazilian is judged to have fouled Gazzaniga in the moment before the goal is scored.
88' Courtois tries to go long and direct but sees his ball fly out of play - this would be a frustrating result for Madrid.
Éder Militão
F. Mendy
Real Madrid
86' Militao has come in for Mendy in a change that should see Alaba go to left-back.
M. Díaz
F. Valverde
Real Madrid
86' Mariano has replaced Valverde - one last throw of the dice for Ancelotti.
86' Madrid are camped in Girona's half, now, pushing to find a late winner.
84' Madrid have earned a free-kick in a dangerous position at the edge of the box - but Rodrygo's effort crashes into the wall.
82' Riquelme comes close to putting Girona ahead, only to fail to direct his effort on target following a smart ball from deep on the right side.
82' And now Madrid have a chance to regain the lead - Carvajal squares the ball from the right wing but Vinicius fails to connect with the cross.
C. Stuani
Penalty Goal
Girona
80' GOAL! Stuani buries his penalty - low and hard to the right, sending Courtois the wrong way.
79' The referee has given a penalty due to an Asensio handball in the box.
78' Play has been stopped for a VAR review.
C. Stuani
V. Castellanos
Girona
76' Veteran forward Stuani has come on for Castellanos.
Toni Villa
Valery
Girona
76' Villa has entered the fray in Valery's stead.
Reinier
Y. Herrera
Girona
76' Madrid loanee Reinier has replaced Herrera.
L. Modrić
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
75' Modric is booked for a late challenge on Arnau.
74' The Santiago Bernabeu has livened up since Vinicius broke the deadlock.
72' CHANCE! Asensio draws a superb save from Gazzaniga after a quick break by Madrid. The home side look a lot smoother since going a goal ahead.
F. Valverde
Assist
Real Madrid
70' Valverde collaborated well with Rodrgyo before squaring the ball to Vinicius.
Vinícius Júnior
Goal
Real Madrid
70' GOAL! Vinicius puts Madrid 1-0 up. A fine sequence of build-up play culminated with Valverde squaring the ball across the face of goal to find Vinicius at the back post - the Brazilian timed his run to perfection and easily converted his chance.
68' Kroos tries to arrow a free-kick into the box from the left side but it connects with nobody in the box and runs out of play for a goal kick.
66' CHANCE! Valery is put clean through on goal before drawing a fine save from Courtois. He was ruled offside but a VAR check would have seen a goal allowed, had he put it away.
64' Gutierrez has been withdrawn due to injury.
Javi Hernández
Miguel Gutiérrez
Girona
63' Hernandez has replaced Gutierrez in what appears to be a straight swap at left-back.
62' It appears that Asensio will trade places with Valverde, who'll drop into midfield.
Marco Asensio
E. Camavinga
Real Madrid
61' Asensio has come in for Camavinga in an attacking change from Carlo Ancelotti.
60' Castellanos tries his luck with an effort from distance after coming in off the left - but his effort is easily held by Courtois.
P. Gazzaniga
Yellow Card
Girona
59' Gazzaniga is booked for time-wasting.
Rodrigo Riquelme
Yan Couto
Girona
58' Riquelme has come on to replace the injured Couto.
56' Couto is now down and receiving treatment.
T. Kroos
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
55' Kroos is booked for a poor challenge on Couto.
54' A series of fouls from both sides has broken up the flow of the game.
52' Kroos whips in a corner kick from the right side but it's easily dealt with by Girona's defence.
David López
Yellow Card
Girona
51' Lopez is booked after a coming together with Vinicius.
50' There's 58,367 people in attendance at the Santiago Bernabeu this afternoon.
48' Madrid have started the second half with a desire to play with more intensity than in the first. They're moving the ball quicker.
46' We're back under way.
The atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu is flat, as it tends to be for afternoon kick-offs against smaller clubs. Madrid need to step things up a gear in the second half in order to liven the crowd up and increase the intensity in what's been a rather uninspiring encounter so far.
All square at the break here. Girona are good value for the draw - they've had the best chances in what's been a pretty low-intensity first half while Madrid have been largely restricted to shots from distance. Keeping the home side's attacking talent at arm's length throughout the second half, however, will be a challenge.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 0-0 GIRONA
45' There will be two minutes of additional time at the end of this first half.
44' Girona will be very pleased with how this first half has gone.
42' Modric slides the ball through to find Rodrygo in space and inside the box, but his driven effort is blocked down by Lopez. The following corner comes to nothing.
40' Carvajal is back on his feet and play has resumed.
40' Carvajal is down and receiving treatment.
38' CHANCE! Valery does superbly down the left-side, out-muscling Carvajal, before squaring the ball to Herrera, who's arriving at the edge of the area. His shot rattles the crossbar.
38' Madrid try to speed up their play and funnel the ball out right to Carvajal. His cross, however, is cleared by Girona and the attack fizzles out.
36' There's a tangible sense of frustration at the Bernabeu. Madrid just haven't impressed in this first half.
34' Now it's Girona who win a corner following a clearance from Rudiger - but it comes to nothing.
32' Mendy wins a corner for Madrid after his left-footed cross was blocked down. Nothing comes of it, however.
30' Valverde tries to pick out Rodrygo with an excellent throughball - but the pass has too much weight on it and is collected by Gazzaniga before the Brazilian can latch on to it.
28' Romeu plays an incisive pass to find Gutierrez in space down the left flank - but Courtois comfortably saves the left-back's rather weak cross into the box.
26' Valverde tries his luck from just outside the box but his effort is easily claimed by Gazzaniga.
24' CHANCE! Rodrygo strikes the post. The ball comes to the Brazilian inside the area and he takes his effort first time - only for his right-footed finish to bounce off the upright.
22' Madrid take another shot from distance, Camavinga the man to pull the trigger once again from the edge of the area. His effort, however, is wide of the target.
20' CHANCE! Girona come close. Arnau crosses the ball into the box from deep on the right side to find Valery, who had timed his run to perfection. His header, however, flashes just wide.
18' Madrid have seen most of the ball so far but they're failing to break Girona down.
16' Girona's determination to play out from the back almost costs them when Gazzaniga is nearly caught on the ball by Rodrgyo - but the Argentinian manages to clear his lines.
14' The atmosphere at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu - as it often is for afternoon kick-offs - is rather flat. Madrid haven't given them anything to shout about.
12' Madrid have a task ahead of themselves to break down Girona - the visitors are playing in a low block and are defending compactly.
10' CHANCE! Rodrygo opens his body and shoots from the edge of the penalty area, drawing a fingertip save from Gazzaniga. The following corner, however, comes to nothing.
8' Girona aren't afraid to play the ball short. They've already played themselves out of some tight situations.
6' Girona break with intent down the right flank - but when Castellanos tries to pull the ball back across goal Camavinga is there to intercept the danger.
4' Camavinga - deputising for compatriot Tchouameni in that holding role - tries his luck from distance. The Frenchman receives the ball on his favoured left foot at the edge of the box but his effort fails to work the goalkeeper.
3' And now Girona have a chance of their own. Castellanos shoots from a similar area to Modric - but like the Croatian his first-time finish fails to test the goalkeeper.
2' Madrid start well and nearly take an early lead. A slick move culminates with Carvajal squaring the ball for Modric inside the box - but his effort flashes just wide of the target.
1' We're under way here at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid have lost two of their four LaLiga matches against Girona; their highest losing percentage (50%) against any opponent in the competition.
Girona have made three changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Osasuna last weekend. Gutierrez has replaced Hernandez in defence, Martinez has come in for Vallejo to accommodate a formation change and drop to centre-back, while Fernandez starts in place of Villa on the left.
Madrid have made two changes from the side that beat Sevilla 3-1 last weekend. Rudiger has replaced Militao in defence and Camavinga has come in for Tchouameni in midfield.
GIRONA SUBS: Juan Carlos Martin, Toni Fuidias, Bernardo Espinosa, Cristhian Stuani, Ramon Terrats, Toni Villa, Javi Hernandez, Rodrigo Riquelme, Reinier, Ivan Martin, Manu Vallejo, Ricard Artero.
GIRONA (5-4-1): Paulo Gazzaniga; Yan Couto, Santiago Bueno, Arnau Martinez, David Lopez, Miguel Gutierrez; Yangel Herrera, Oriol Romeu, Aleix Garcia, Valery Fernandez; Valentin Castellanos.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Andriy Lunin, Luis Lopez, Eder Militao, Jesus Vallejo, Nacho, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola, Lucas Vazquez, Dani Ceballos, Mariano Diaz.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos; Federico Valverde, Rodrgyo, Vinicius Junior.
Girona are a side with very different ambitions to Madrid. They've just been promoted from Segunda and are focused on trying to avoid relegation at the first time of asking. The Catalan side are currently second from bottom in 19th having taken nine points from their opening eleven games. Should they secure an unlikely away victory at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, or even take a point, they'll climb out of the bottom three and climb as high as 16th.
Madrid are in the midst of a good moment. They're currently second in La Liga having taken 31 points from their opening 11 fixtures. Barcelona are currently ahead of them on goal difference - but they've played a game more than their great rivals from the Spanish capital. Madrid will regain first place should they win or draw against Girona.
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