When Solari makes a decision about the starting eleven, the thing improves, it is balanced. If he takes two, it improves more. If he takes three (he came to confess this at a press conference) it is revolutionized. The sacrifice of the «indiecieto» was Isco who had to watch the game from the stands, the vote of confidence for Llorente who took on the role of Casemiro in the best way, played well and made his teammates play better. And Lucas Vázquez who has become the favorite firefighter of recent years in Madrid, adding balance, symmetry and a minimum of revolutions.
The game against Roma had a loose first part of Real Madrid, could even go to the break losing after Roma could not make the goal in 2 chances. The first Courtois became giant against Schick and the second Schick stole the ball from Carvajal, Zaniolo put the goal pass and Ünder, in the small area and unopposed, topped up. Amazing. It was easier to do it than to fail.
In the second half, everything changed with the goal of Real Madrid. A balloon clearance by Olsen was stopped by the wind, Fazio nodded back and enabled Bale, who finished off with temper next to the post. The Welshman grew up and with him the whole team, while the Roma dropped their arms.
The second goal was a very good collective play. Modric recovered, he unloaded to Bale that hung to the second post and Benzema deposited in the foot of Lucas Vázquez to give definitive figures to the encounter.
With the victory, Real Madrid classified to the round of 16 as first of the group with 12 points and the Roma second with 9 points, while Viktoria Plzeň and CSKA Moscow played on the last date to see which one qualify for the Europa League.