Real Madrid left it late to snatch all three points on Saturday afternoon, beating Elche 2-1 with a last-minute winner in the Spanish capital.
Los Blancos were far from their best in the first half, creating only a handful of half-chances, and rarely forced Elche goalkeeper Edgar Badia into any meaningful action.
Karim Benzema almost broke the deadlock early in the second half, showing some exquisite control to bring the ball down and fire towards goal on the turn, but his shot hit the side-netting. Elche squandered a great chance on 58 minutes, but they did make a shock breakthrough three minutes later when Dani Calvo powered a header in off the underside of the crossbar.
And the Frenchman saved Zinedine Zidane’s blushes in injury time, rifling a brilliant volley into the bottom corner to clinch all three points for the under-par hosts.
RIght, let’s get on with Real’s player ratings.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Rodrygo (RW) – 7/10 – Didn’t really impact the game from the bench until he assisted Benzema. Still, that’s why he came on, right?
Luka Modric (CM) – 7/10 –
Still going strong, adding a bit more zip and life to Real’s play when he came on. Assist in the bag to cap a decent cameo.
Toni Kroos (CM) – 6/10
Eden Hazard (LW) – 6/10