Real Madrid head into the 15th matchday of La Liga against Deportivo La Coruna with a chance to preserve their six point lead at the top of the table. Before going across for the Club World Cup, Zinedine Zidane’s men would be eager to get another win under their belt and give the Frenchman a record as a gift – that of bettering Leo Beenhakker’s unbeaten streak of 34 games established in 1989.
In team news, there will be no Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric who have been rested completely while there are chances of Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Casemiro and Marcelo to be given a break too. With Gareth Bale already sidelined due to injury, there will be no ‘BBC’ for just the second time in the league. Expect Alvaro Morata and Toni Kroos to make first start since return from injury.
Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas, Danilo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernandes, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, James Rodriguez, Asensio, Alvaro Morata
Deportivo La Coruna XI: Tyton, Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Fernando Navarro. Borges, Colak, Guilherme, Carles Gil, Andone, Babel
Real Madrid: Kiko Casilla, Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Mariano
KICKOFF MINUS 30′: Something to read while you wait for the game to start as Zidane and Real Madrid look to set a new record. The last time they went 34 games unbeaten, things didn’t go well thereafter. More on ESPN FC.
LA LIGA SCORES TONIGHT:
OSASUNA 0-3 BARCELONA
REAL SOCIEDAD 3-2 VALENCIA
LAS PALMAS 1-1 LEGANES
FULL TIME! Real Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna with a late goal. And a late goal by a familiar face in familiar fashion. A dead ball situation and Ramos gets his head to it to give Real a come-from-behind 3-2 win. Lead at the top maintained at six points.
55′ Freekick for Real Madrid. Toni Kroos sends it into the box and Alvaro Morata is unmarked at the far post. Tries to square it into the six yard square box but it is defended away. Could have very well gone for goal himself by heading it towards the far post.
HALF TIME: At the break it is Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo. Chances for both teams with James Rodriguez getting a guilt edge chance with just the keeper to beat but he couldn’t do so. For Deportivo, Borges hit the crossbar with a header. Could say that a level footing is a fair outcome at this stage. Bernabeu isn’t happy though…
45′ Ryan Babel is booked for an elbow on Pepe’s throat. And that’s all for the first half.
44′ Danilo goes down inside the box seeking a penalty but his desperate attempt is waved off. Nothing doing. Didn’t look like a penalty either.
35′ POST! Free kick whipped in from the left and Deportivo hit the post. Headed downward and it comes off the post and goes out. Really well directed header and Deportivo are unlucky to not be in the lead.
30′ CHANCE! Glorious opportunity for James Rodriguez to give Real Madrid the lead. Is nearly one-on-one with the keeper but his effort is saved. Looked to have the ball stuck under his feet and not look comfortable as he shot.
25′ Beautiful feet by Casemiro to side-step multiple Deportivo bodies before being taken down. Yellow card for the offending Borges. Free kick for Real Madrid. And with no Ronaldo or Bale, Ramos takes over the free kick duties. He curls it over the crossbar. Keeper had it covered nevertheless. Stays 0-0.
20′ Isco nearly finds Danilo on the run. Spread from the midfield, sweetly timed and played through the defence but the Deportivo goalkeeper is on hand to rush out and gather the ball before anything could come off it.
13′ Isco pulls the trigger after going through Deportivo players but it goes way wide, way over.
12′ Nacho reacts quickly inside the Deportivo box to steal the ball but there is no control on the shot. Gets a deflection and goes for a corner. Nothing from it.
10′ Already some groans by Real Madrid fans as Danilo loses the ball and goes for one challenge too much. He’s not been booked or conceded a goal, so there’s that. Or scored for that matter.
3′ Almost a chance for Real Madrid. Close control by Asensio down the centre just outside the Deportivo box but his ball to the left finds Morata offside. Early action suggests James on the left, Asensio on the right, Isco playing Modric’s role and Casemiro in the three-man midfield.
KICKOFF! Real Madrid get the game underway. They’re attacking from left to right in the typical all-whites and Deportivo in all-blacks.