Alavés V Real Madrid - As it happened.
FT: Alavés 1-0 Real Madrid! Manu García strikes with the last kick of the game to secure victory for the hosts and move them level on points with both today's opponents and Barcelona at the top of the table. Real Madrid's dire run continues, with the European champions now winless in four.
GOAL! ALAVÉS! MANU GARCÍA! 1-0! Drama! Scenes! Call it what you like but Real Madrid are behind! Jony's delivery to the far post is met by Soriano and whilst he is denied by a fine save from Courtois, the ball loops into the air for Manu García to steal in ahead of Ramos and nod home from a couple of yards!
Jony forces a corner down the left. Last orders at the last-chance saloon.
Mariano's effort loops high and wide as the hosts see off another wave of pressure. It's looking like the spoils will be shared here.
Modric handles to ease the pressure on the Alavés backline.
5 minutes added on here! Time for a winner?
Maripan makes way for Alavés having picked up a muscular problem, with Aguirregabiria on in his place.
Vinicius has looked lively since his introduction, can he be Real Madrid's hero in the final minutes here?
Jony nicks the ball of Odriozola on the edge of the box but the blood rushes to his head and he lashes well over the bar from a narrow angle with team-mates waiting in the box. Calleri is not a happy man.
The last throw of the dice for Real Madrid as Vincius replaces Bale.
Bale's free-kick from 30 yards is straight down the throat of Pacheco. This could still go either way here.
WHAT A CHANCE! Jony races clear down the left from halfway and holds off the recovering Raphael Varane to strike for goal, but he drags his effort wide of the far post. A great chance for the hosts, who could be made to regret that miss come full-time.
Another change for Alavés as Wakaso makes way for Manu García.
The flag saves Alavés! Mariano suddenly finds himself all alone in behind and he gets to the ball just ahead of Pacheco, but the linesman over on the far side raises his flag for offside.
An ambitious effort from Bale after cutting in from the right sails high and wide. As you were.
The hosts make their first change as Rubén Sobrino comes on for Ibai Gómez.
Odriozola is involved again as he goes down under Duarte's challenge in the box, but the referee waves away the muted appeals.
Ordiozola gallops into space on the overlap but his low cross is scrambled away in the middle.
Another change from Real Madrid as Casemiro is replaced by Marco Asensio. An attacking change form Julen Lopetegui, who clearly isn't happy with his side.
Courtois is forced into a save to keep out Duarte's dipping effort from 25 yards. The hosts are enjoying a good spell here.
Jony keeps Odriozola honest as he forced a corner down the left.
Wakaso picks up the first booking of the game, despite appearing to nick the ball away form Casemiro on halfway.
Gómez cuts out Odriozola's cross but can only clear as far as Casemiro, whose low effort is gathered by Pacheco.
CLOSE! Calleri gets down the left flank and cross to the far post. Ibai Gómez is there to chest it down and looks to have a clear strike on goal, but Kroos appears from nowhere to hack the ball clear.
Mariano twists and turns one too many time juts inside the box as Laguardia recovers to make a last-ditch challenge.
Alavés get us back underway here, with Mariano Diaz replacing Karim Benzema at the break for the visitors.
HT: Alavés 0-0 Real Madrid. The visitors see their goal drought continue as the two sides go in level at the break. The European champions have been the better side, but they have looked fairly blunt in the final third. Alavés, meanwhile, are in no mood to give up anything and are fighting tooth and nail for every ball.
Pacheco comes off his line to gather another long ball that is just too long for Bale. The visitors are missing the craft of Isco in the middle of the park.
Ceballos is crowded out on the edge of the box as he looked to work the space for a shot. The former Real Betis man is playing as the most advanced of Real Madrid's midfielders.
Bale strays narrowly offside as he loos to meet Caballo's flighted ball over the top.
It's Real Madrid's turn to attack now but several inviting balls in are successfully seen off by the hosts, who aren't giving an inch here.
CHANCE! A great ball is swung in from Duarte deep on the left but Ibai Gómez inexplicably opts against putting his head on it in the middle. It comes to the far post where Calleri puts it back in the mixer but Varane produces a spectacular diving header to clear the danger with Gómez awaiting a tap-in.
Half a chance for the home side as Modric is robbed of possession in the middle of the park and Wakaso is fed in the left-hand channel, but Varane comes across to take the sting off his effort and Courotis gathers.
Things have gone slightly quieter in the last five minutes as the hosts grow into the game slightly.
CHANCE! Jony almost races in behind completely unmarked as Varane completely switches off under a long ball but he is unable to bring it under his spell and Courtois gathers the loose ball.
Kroos puts it in but Laguardia gets up to clear.
Bale is sandwiched by Laguardia and Brasanac out on the left and the visitors have a chance to swing in a cross from the left.
This is one to watch. Calleri clips the heels of Ramos, who responds with a little kick out. The Real Madrid defender needs to be careful doing things like that with VAR in use.
A deep cross from Odriozola is headed down by Banezema but an Alaves defender recovers in time to hack it away.
Ramos clatters Calleri on halfway but is spared a booking.
Nacho flicks a header just wide following a deep cross form the left. Julen Lopetegui will be pleased with the way his side have started this one.
A better save this time as Dani Ceballos' side-footed effort from the edge of the box is tipped wide by Pacheco low down to his right. Some nice touches from Modric and Bale in the build-up there.
Benzema fires into the hands of Pacheco from the edge of the box. A comfortable early save for the home goalkeeper.
Wakaso flies in on Modric in the middle of the park. If the previous times I've seen him play are anything to go by that won't be his last foul today.
Karim Benzema gets us underway here in the Basque Country!
The players are out on the pitch and we're just minutes away here!
Warm-ups have been completed here and we're closing in on kick-off!
Warm-ups are underway here:
Here's how these two sides have fared coming into this one:
I make that five changes for the hosts from their 2-1 defeat to Levante last time out. Martín Aguirregabiria, Manu García, Burgui, Rubén Sobrino and John Guidetti all drop out, with Mubarak Wakaso, Jonathan Calleri, Ximo Navarro, Jony Rodríguez and Darko Brasanac coming in to replace them.
Alavés: Pacheco; Ximo Navarro, Laguardia, Maripán, Duarte; Ibai Gómez, Pina, Brasanac, Wakaso, Jony; Calleri. Subs: Sivera, Aguirregabiria, Vigaray, Manu García, Burgui, Borja Bastón, Rubén Sobrino.
An interesting lineup from the visitors as they opt to pack the midfield here. Injuries to Dani Carvajal and Marcelo mean that Alvaro Odriozola and Nacho line up in the full-back positions, whilst Gareth Bale returns alongside Karim Benzema in attack.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Ramos, Varane, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Ceballos, Kroos; Bale, Benzema. Subs: Navas, Mariano, Lucas V., M.Llorente, Asensio, Regulión, Vinicius Jr.
Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui: "Our next challenge and our objective is Alavés, who are unbeaten in 6 games, are playing at home and flying high. They're having a wonderful season, with great players and a top coach. I'm expecting a hugely demanding game against a team who get the very best out of what they've got and that is full of players at their peak at Alavés. They've got a real team ethic and we'll have to perform very well to beat them".
Alavés are looking to continue their fine start to the season this evening, having picked up 11 points from their seven games to date. That tally leaves them sitting pretty in sixth, whilst a win here would be enough to take them level on points with both Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of the table.
'Los Blancos' go into this one on a dismal run of form, having failed to score in their last three games in all competitions. The European champions have won just one of their last three league games and were shocked by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League in midweek. However, a similar wobble from Barcelona and the fact the Catalans don't play until Sunday means they can go top with a win here.
Hello and welcome! We've got some LaLiga action for you tonight as Real Madrid look to move back to the top of the table ahead of the international break.