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Immediate reaction: Real Madrid 2-1 Cádiz

Real Madrid 2-1 Cádiz (Éder Militão & Toni Kroos)🇧🇷 Here’s the immediate reaction to victory. On the way: press conference highlights, player rankings and the ManagingMadrid podcast.

Madrid dropped out of the league, taking second place behind Barcelona after some dubious results. A home game against Cádiz was a great chance to get things back on track. Karim Benzema was injured alongside Antonio Rüdiger, so Real Madrid started the game without a recognized striker. Rodrygo Goes presumably entered that spot, with the rest of the line-up predictably strong. Lucas Vázquez started over Dani Carvajal on the right-back. Eden Hazard was recently part of the Belgium squad for the World Cup, but would be on the bench for this one. Luka Modrić captained the team today.

Real Madrid started the game with excellent pace, almost scoring straight away, through Aurélien Tchouaméni. Vinícius Júnior himself then made a smooth shot, but it would take more to beat the goalkeeper. For a while, shots from both teams flew over the bar and hit the crowd – but the opening goal would come for Real Madrid before the break. Éder Militão, of all people, would go up high to land a nice header to the goalkeeper after Toni Kroos found him. After a VAR check and an offside scare – the goal was allowed. Dry weather ended with the hosts leading the way.

Real Madrid started the second half in stride, as they did in the first. However, it would be Cádiz to have the first chance of the first half – when Castilla-trained Rubén Sobrino forced a world-class save from Thibaut Courtois after a cross into the area. Fede Valverde then tried his luck, but the visiting team’s goalkeeper made an incredible save to stop the Uruguayan. Real Madrid had so much possession of the ball that it was only a matter of time before they scored again. It happened, and it would be a very special goal to witness from Toni Kroos. The ball bounced high in the air, and the German just shot straight into the net from afar with immense force. Vinícius almost made the third, but the goalkeeper made a great save again. Another Castilla graduate Álvaro Negredo should have scored after a rebound, but Courtois was too busy being himself to allow such a glorious chance. However, the visitors reduced a goal as Lucas Pérez finished from close range, making the final ten minutes tense. Real Madrid’s many substitutions and possession managed to break those ten minutes well – but Cádiz would, of course, have one last chance to stop the heart. Fortunately, the attacker would only head over the bar from a golden position. The whistle then sounded to end the match and give Real Madrid the much-needed victory. Happy with it?

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