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Ramos gave Madrid the lead on the stroke of half time

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Pin Ramos confidently stroked home the spot kick. EFE
Ramos confidently stroked home the spot kick. EFE

Ramos gave Madrid the lead on the stroke of half time

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The club captain stepped up to stroke home a penalty, awarded for a foul on young full back Reguilón, to ensure Solari's side held the lead heading into the interval.

In a well contested encounter, with chances for both sides, it would be a set piece that would have to separate them on the scoreline. In a great attacking move from the hosts, young full back Reguilon made a trademark dart down the wing, before cutting inside the covering winger, in an attempt to get inside the penalty area.

Yet, in spite of reaching the ball first, the youngster would get no further, as he was bundled over by the unfortunate Gumbau. Immediately, the officials pointed to the penalty spot. Replays showed that the midfielder had indeed barged into his opponent, and there could be no debating the decision. 

As has become customary for the side since the departure of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo; captain and centre half Sergio Ramos resumed responsibility for the kick. In true style, the defender remained composed to add a stutter to his run up and send the keeper the wrong way, before slotting the ball into the opposite bottom corner of the net.  The penalty proved to be a landmark strike for the Spaniard, as it was his 100th career goal. 

In truth, the hosts were not full value for their lead; visitors Leganes had arguably had the more clear chances of the tie. But alas, their wastefulness in front of goal saw them trail their hosts in the tie.

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