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📝 Real Madrid come from behind to beat Almería

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Thomas Stockting

Real Madrid had to come from behind at newly-promoted Almería as second-half goals from Lucas Vázquez and a stunning David Alaba free-kick gave Carlo Ancelotti’s team a winning start to the season.

Almería 1
Real Madrid 2
Full time

Scorers: Ramazani 7′; Vázquez 61′, Alaba 76′

The defending Spanish champions were struck a hammer blow early into the encounter when Almería took the lead. Summer signing Antonio Rüdiger, playing next to Nacho for the first time, was caught between two minds in playing a high line.

Rüdiger dropped late, keeping Almería forward Largie Ramazani onside, but couldn’t get tight enough to the Belgian whose clinical finish inside the box made it 1-0.

Real Madrid dominated the remainder of the first period with both Vincinius Jr. and Rüdiger testing Fernando Martínez before Vázquez had a goal ruled out for offside.

Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos both tested Fernando in the second half before Vázquez drew Real level. Vincinius Jr. and Benzema were both denied before the ball broke in the area where Vázquez was quickest to react to lash home.

The visitors took the lead through Alaba who, having just entered the field, whipped home an inch-perfect free-kick which clipped the inside of the post and left the Almería keeper rooted to his spot.

Almerìa had a great chance towards the end of the game but second-half substitute Curro Sánchez could only fire his low shot straight at a grateful Thibault Courtois.

This win puts Ancelotti’s side in second place with three games remaining in La Liga’s opening weekend.