Real Madrid Castilla and Zinedine Zidane started life in the Segunda B division with a 2-1 loss to local rivals Atletico Madrid B at Cerro del Espino.
Having started the game strongly despite few chances and little between the two, Castilla lead by a goal to nil at half time thanks to a Raul de Tomas goal. In the 34th minute, De Tomas unleashed a shot from outside the box which gave Castilla the lead and a deserved upper hand.
At the restart, Castilla could have doubled their advantage but for the perennial problem – the post. Alvaro Medran tip-toed past challenges near the box after fantastic individual play but his left footed shot hit the post and came out for a goal kick.
Castilla could have had a penalty or at least a free kick opportunity just outside the box after Markkanen was tripped and brought down by a trailing Atletico Madrid B player leg but the referee didn’t give it.
From then on, Castilla grew out of it as Atletico B grew into the game and took control.
Dani Quino made the most of poor Castilla marking and defending to head the ball in after a free kick was taken into the box. Quino had all the space and time he needed to score past Herrero.
And a few minutes later, Samu twisted and turned his way out of Castilla’s marking and passed it to Keita who made no mistake. Despite having three players around him, the player had the time and the space to coolly slot the ball home.
Castilla tried to create chances and opportunities near the end but it was too little too late despite Atletico Madrid’s Pier seeing a red card (double yellow card) near the end of the game. It could have been a draw had Legaz been a little quicker to latch on to a fantastic long ball by Medran from our own half but it wasn’t to be in the end.
A very good first and start to the second half but silly mistakes and poor defensive work ruined an opportunity to start the league with 3 points.