RCD Mallorca offers the scalp of Real Madrid!


As part of the 20th day of La Liga, Real Madrid moved on the lawn of RCD Mallorca to hope to put pressure on the leader and rival, FC Barcelona, ​​who had a five-point lead before this weekend. The White House, three days before traveling to Morocco for the Club World Cup, had to stock up on points before experiencing a busy schedule from the end of February (Liverpool, Atlético, Barcelona and Betis in two weeks).

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Under a clear sun in the Balearic Islands, the start of the meeting was balanced between the two formations, Real being in difficulty offensively without a real number 9 – without Benzema, touched in the thigh, position occupied by Rodrygo this Sunday afternoon. And on a center from Dani Rodriguez, Nacho Fernandez, under pressure from Vedat Muriqi, deceived his own goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, holder due to the injury of Thibault Courtois in the warm-up (1 -0, 13th).

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After this opener, Carlo Ancelotti’s men were much more dangerous and pushed the locals back in their last thirds. Nevertheless, the offensives did not get a clear chance in the first period (0 shots on target). Returning from the locker room, Vinicius Jr was mowed down by Predrag Rajkovic, offering a penalty to the players in white. A shot from 11 meters fired by Marco Asensio and deflected by the beautiful parade of the former Reims goalkeeper (57th).

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Wanting to preserve this result, the foals of Javi Aguirre waited patiently for the Merengues in front of their penalty area and operated against to worry Lunin and try to make the break. The entry of Mariano Diaz was good for the Madrid attack, but his few attempts did not find the frame, the hottest passed just above the crossbar (88th). Antonio Rudiger made the Majorcans shiver one last time (90 + 8th) but did not change the final score. Defeat of Real Madrid (1-0), which can see the Barcelona leader widen the gap this Sunday evening against Seville (9 p.m.), Mallorca (10th) remains in the first part of the table and returns to three points from the top 6.

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