Alaves 1-0 Real Madrid: Manu winner puts Lopetegui under pressure

Madrid are without a win in four games and haven't scored in that time either

La salida de Mariano tampoco se notó en ataque
La salida de Mariano tampoco se notó en ataque | AFP

Alaves moved level on points with Real Madrid as Manu Garcia’s 95th minute winner helped them beat Los Blancos 1-0 on Saturday. 

Francesc J. Gimeno

MATCH FACTS

Liga Santander

Alavés

1-0

Real Madrid

Alavés

Pacheco, Ximo Navarro, Laguardia, Maripán (Martín, 87'), Duarte, Pina, Wakaso (Manu García, 74'), Brasanac, Ibai (Sobrino, 67'), Calleri y Jony.

Real Madrid

Courtois, Odriozola, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Modric, Casemiro (Marco Asensio, 62'), Kroos, Ceballos, Bale (Vinicius, 80') y Benzema (Mariano, 46').

Goles

1-0, Manu (95').

Árbitro

Jaime Latre (comité aragonés). Amonestó a Wakaso (54').

Incidencias

Partido correspondiente a la octava jornada de la Liga Santander disputado en el estadio de Mendizorroza en presencia de 19.000 espectadores.

Thibaut Courtois came for a corner but was found wanting and Garcia turned home as Mendizorroza erupted. 

The three points move Alaves level on 14 points with Barcelona, who travel to Valencia on Sunday, and Madrid. 

As for Madrid, they failed to score for a fourth consecutive match as they stunned in Vitoria. 

Julien Lopetegui’s side had already fired blanks against Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and CSKA Moscow and they couldn’t find the target against Alaves in 90 minutes.  

Gareth Bale, who was eventually forced off injured, came closest with a free kick but the home side also had their chances. 

Jony Rodriguez missed a great chance to win it for Alaves before the Basque side tired late on, giving way to Madrid pressure. 

But Los Blancos could not find a breakthrough as their disappointing form continued and Garcia stole the headlines in stoppage time.  

Bale was taken off with a groin injury late on and the Welshman’s fitness issues are added to by Karim Benzema’s struggled in front of goal. 

The Frenchman was removed at half time here, replaced by summer signing Mariano. 

It’s now three losses and one draw for Madrid in their last four, dating back to their last win, against Espanyol on Sept. 22. 

And even that win was by the narrowest of margins, a 1-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

Lopetegui has work to do, with Madrid unable to score and, as a result, unable to pick up points. 

Despite all that, they remain level at the top of the table on 14 points, although Barcelona, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Real Betis could all be ahead of them by the end of the weekend. 

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