Match Report: Leganes 1 – Real Madrid 3: Los Blancos Up To...

Match Report: Leganes 1 – Real Madrid 3: Los Blancos Up To 3rd

LEGANES, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21: Henrique Casemiro #14 of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Leganes and Real Madrid at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on February 21, 2018 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images )

Real Madrid had to come from behind on Wednesday night in a tough away fixture at Leganes. They ran out winners in the end by three goals to one, which has moved Los Blancos up to 3rd in the La Liga table. Zinedine Zidane’s men have climbed above Valencia and will now have 2nd place in their sights.

Real won this game without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rested for the contest. Gareth Bale didn’t start either, as he was on the bench. The starting 11 was certainly strong enough to get the three points against Leganes and that is exactly how the match went.

It wasn’t easy from the start though, as Leganes actually took a shock lead.¬†Unai Bustinza scrambled the ball home to put the hosts ahead after just 6 minutes and it was certainly not the start that Real wanted. Shades of the Copa Del Rey defeat must have been going through the minds of some of the Real Madrid players.

Leganes’ lead didn’t last for very long though, as Lucas Vazquez levelled for Real Madrid after 11 minutes. 29 minutes were on the clock when Casemiro put Los Blancos ahead and it looked like it was going to be comfortable from there.

It stayed at 2-1 right until the end of the game though, until Real were given a penalty. Mateo Kovacic was tripped in the box by Tito, and Sergio Ramos stepped up to score from the spot, giving Real Madrid a 3-1 win. This was a much needed win for Zidane’s men, who have now won their last four matches in a row.

Los Blancos are now 3rd in La Liga with 48 points from 24 matches, climbing above Valencia. There is now a gap of 7 points up to Atletico Madrid in 2nd and Real will be targeting that next.