Despite playing badly for most of the 90 minutes, Real Madrid beat Granada 4-2 on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid in La Liga’s Matchday 8. With the good win at home, the team remains in the lead in the Spanish league, now with 18 points. The away team keeps up their good campaign with 14 points.
It seemed like Real Madrid would crush Granada after Karim Benzema opened the scoring after just two minutes with a beautiful Gareth Bale pass. But the good football display stopped there. Gradually, the merengue team slowed down the pace, with negative highlight to the Belgian Hazard, little-seen on the field.
The luck of Zinedine Zidane’s team was the fact that Granada did not repeat the good performances of the start of the La Liga, which placed them second in the standings. With that, Real took advantage and got the second goal in the last seconds in the first half. Hazard was picked out and finally showed his skills to touch over the goalkeeper Rui Silva. 2-0 Real Madrid.
After the break, Real Madrid started to build, what it seemed like would be a very easy win. At 61, Modric hit a beautiful shot from outside the box to extend Real’s lead.
Six mins later, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola committed a silly penalty, well converted by Venezuelan Darwin Machis. At 76, after a corner and a flick at the first post, the Portuguese Douglas Duarte made the second of Granada. The good and comfortable 3-0 turned into a tense and nervous 3-2!
Granada got inspired to try the equalizer but left too many spaces in the defense. I mean… It’s clear that this is not that Real Madrid that everyone was used to see, but they still got some quality.
In a deadly counterattack, on the 92nd minute, substitute James Rodriguez, made the fourth, making the Bernabeu celebrate a victory over Granada in La Liga.