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Real Madrid v Alavés - as it happened

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Real Madrid v Alavés - as it happened

Paul Singh by Paul Singh @besoccer_com - 0 4,971

Join us for live coverage of the La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Alaves from the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano. Real Madrid will be just three points off the lead with victory here.

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The referee made several mistakes and even tried to give RM for a handball by Casemiro. He was completely lost tonight. Courtois had a great game apart from the howler at 0-2 and Deyverson inexplicably didn't take the ball to the corner at the death. Controversy, errors and a thrilling finish to a crazy game.
FT: Real Madrid 1-2 Alaves!!! All over in Madrid in a crazy match in Madrid!! Alaves scored a penalty despite the ball hitting Nacho on the upper arm, Hazard should have had a penalty and Laguardia was lucky to stay on the pitch after pulling Marcelo's hair. Joselu made it 0-2 in the second half after a Courtois howler and Casemiro set up a grandstand finish. Isco hit the bar at the death, but Real Madrid fell just short. I think a draw would've been fair.
Off the bar by Isco!!!! RM countered after Deyverson tried to score and Isco's curling shot from outside the box strikes the crossbar and goes over!!! Why didn't Deyverson take it to the corner??? He nearly cost his team...
Courtois comes up, but the free-kick by Isco is too short and Alaves clear. Deyverson stupidly tries to score instead of going for the corner.
Free-kick to RM after a foul by Battaglia.
RM attack and get into the box, but Battaglia ends the move.
RM attacking looking for a leveller, a ball into the box is well controlled by Marinao, but he is then penalised for dangerous play and tries an overhead kick.
Alaves sub: Deyverson on for Joselu. Five added minutes.
What a chance for Alaves!!! The RM free-kick is passed straight to Alaves, Alaves counter and it's a brilliant save by Courtois from Lopez's shot!
Alaves double sub: Sainz and Lopez come on for Lucas Perez and Rioja.
Mendez is penalised for a foul.
Casemiro scores for RM!!!! The corner in is flicked on by Varane, Vinicius controls and shoots, Pacheco saves and Casemiro scores from inside the six! 1-2!!
RM win two corners after good pressing.
Off the line by Alaves!!! Mariano heads the ball towards goal and Lejeune heads away!!
It was offside, but how did the ref try and give RM a penalty for handball by Casemiro?? It just sums up his night...
Farcical scenes here in Madrid!! The referee tries to give a penalty to Real Madrid for handball in the box by Casemiro, yes, Casemiro, but the linesman tells him the Brazilian was in an offside position. Absolutely embarrassing...
Off the line by Alaves as Mariano gets into the box, but his scuffed effort is cleared. Was offside anyway.
Real Madrid sub: Mendez replaces Pina.
Duarte is penalised for a foul.
Lucas Vazquez goes for goal and just passes to the side of Pacheco's right hand post.
Rodrygo!!! The Brazilian's shot goes wide of the goal!!
RM triple sub: Mendy, Odegaard and Isco replace Marcelo, Modric and Kroos.
Joselu!!!! Alaves break again, Lucas Perez holds the ball up until the support of Joselu arrives and then Joselu fires the ball over the bar! Should've hit the target. Can't be missing those.
Why dive in a VAR game??
Luis Rioja is booked for diving after Casemiro slides in in the box! The ref has got this spot on, but what was Rioja thinking?
Alaves get a corner here, it's taken short for Lucas Perez, but he can't work his way through the defence.
Free-kick to RM after a foul by Jota.
Double chance for Alaves!! The Basques catch RM on the counter, Lucas Perez is clean through and makes a great save to deny him, Perez then squares for Joselu whose shot is blocked by Marcelo.
Real Madrid sub: Vinicius replaces Asensio.
RM attacking through Lucas Vazquez and it's cleared away by Alaves.
Kroos sees yellow for a foul on Battaglia.
RM get a corner through Kroos and it's headed away by Alaves.
Lovely play by Alaves now!! Lucas Perez finds Joselu in the box and his effort is saved by Courtois! Marcelo did well to put Joselu off.
RM win a corner and then Kroos has a pop from 25 yards which goes wide of the goal.
Kroos!! He has a pop from 25 yards which is easy for the keeper.
There's no way RM deserve to be losing this 0-2, but some horrendous refereeing and a shocking mistake by Courtois sees them two down.
There's no justification for that pass. Firstly, he should have booted it forward and secondly, you never pass the ball back towards the middle. That's Courtois second howler in 3 weeks as well...
Joselu makes it 0-2 after a calamitous error by Courtois!! What on earth was he doing?? Varane plays a nice pass back to his GK, Courtois passes the ball back into the middle straight to Joselu and he scores into an open net from 25 yards. Stupidity by the Belgian.
Real Madrid are attacking here through Asensio, but Rodrygo cannot get on the end of the ball.
Alaves are given offside here! And it didn't look it... The officials are having a mare...
Second half underway!!
They've just shown another angle of the Marcelo incident and the Alaves man (Laguardia) pulls his hair. I'm not sure whether it was in the box, but it was a clear foul and a red card.
HT: Real Madrid 0-1 Alaves! Half-time in Madrid after a controversy laden first half. Alaves dominated the first 20 minutes and scored through a Lucas Perez penalty despite the ball hitting Nacho above the T-shirt line. Alaves could have made it 0-2, but then it was all RM and Hazard should have had a penalty for a foul by Duarte, but nothing was given. RM don't deserve to be losing. Back for more in a bit!
Vazquez's ball in is well caught by Pacheco. It's been all RM after the first 20 minutes.
One minute of injury time.
Asensio wins a corner off the Alaves man. Marcelo wants a penalty off the ball. It was a foul, but outside the box.
Chance for Mariano!!! Modric's cross from this near side is headed over the bar!
It's an RM siege here, but Alaves are holding on.
That looked a foul to me, Alaves were furious, but nothing was given. The referee is having a poor first half.
Double save by Pacheco!!! Rodrygo seems to foul the Alaves man off the ball, RM win the ball back, the ball goes to Kroos and he is denied twice by the goalie!!
RM are picking up here now.
Real Madrid win a corner, but the ref gives a free-kick to Alaves from the set piece.
Good defence!!! Kroos' free-kick looks for Casemiro and it's headed behind for a corner by Lejeune.
Joselu fouls Casemiro and it's a free-kick for RM 25 yards from goal.
Zidane's men attack again, but the ball into the area is easy for the keeper. Pacheck hasn't had to make a save yet.
Real Madrid attack, they lose the ball and a dangerous Alaves counter comes to nothing after a mistake by Perez.
RM sub: Hazard has gone off injured and Rodrygo is on. Hazard may have got injured in the penalty incident and it was a penalty, seeing it again.
Battaglia is penalised for a foul.
What a glaring opportunity for Alaves!!! A long pass finds Perez, he's one on and one, he tries to chip Courtois, but the Belgian reads his intentions and bats it out for a corner. He'll be disappointed not to score there.
RM win a free-kick 25 yards from goal.
I'm not sure Duarte gets the ball... That looked a pen... The officials are certainly not helping RM today. It was dodgy at best.
Hazard!!!! The Belgian shoots from the D, his shot is brilliantly saved by Pacheco and then Hazard goes down under contact from Duarte. Not given by the ref or VAR!!
Free-kick for the visitors is headed behind by Casemiro for their fourth corner. And then they get a fifth!
Casemiro gets booked for a poor challenge on Lucas Perez. Deserved.
Mariano heads Kroos' corner and it's straight at Pacheco.
Casemiro goes down wanting a pen now for a shirt pull by Laguardia. Not enough for me.
Cross into the box by RM and it's easily caught by Pacheco.
Corner for the hosts here won by Mariano.
Real Madrid have yet to get going here.
Alaves wanted another penalty for a shirt pull on Perez, but there wasn't enough in it.
Lovely play by Alaves and it's a corner kick.
RM have conceded penalties in their last 3 La Liga games. Three at Valencia, one at Villarreal and one here.
It's really very difficult to understand how the VAR has given that the all clear. It hit him on the upper arm and on the T-shirt line... Real Madrid have every right to feel aggrieved...
Lucas Perez scores!!!! Courtois goes the right way (to his right), but it's a good penalty in the corner and the GK can't reach it.
Penalty to Alaves!!! Lucas Perez sends the corner in, Laguardia heads at the back post and it hits Nacho on the top of the arm above the T-shirt line. It should be reversed.
Lack of communication between Nacho and the GK sees Alaves win a corner.
Rioja's cross into the area is easily chested by Nacho back to his keeper.
Some good possession for the Basques early on here in Madrid's half.
Alaves get us going from right to left!! Both teams in their usual kits!
Marcelo and Pacheco do the coin toss with the referee and now it's time for the minute's silence for Diego Maradona.
The players make their way out here!
Real Madrid will move into third, just three points behind Sociedad and Atletico Madrid with victory here. Alaves are just two points above the relegation zone, but it's all very tight down there. They'll climb up to 9th with three points here.
Adrian Cordero Vega is the referee for this one and Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez is the VAR.
This is RM's first home game in 25 days and three away matches in a row while Alaves, despite facing Barca and Valencia, are unbeaten in their last four after a poor start to the season.
9 degrees and dry in the Spanish capital this evening.
Alaves drew 2-2 versus Valencia in an exciting match last weekend and they are unchanged from that fixture.
Real Madrid make three changes from the 0-2 victory at Inter in midweek. Carvajal (injured), Mendy and Odegaard are replaced by Marcelo, Casemiro and Asensio.
4th v 15th. 17pts v 10pts.
Alaves XI: Pacheco (GK); Duarte, Lejeune, Laguardia, Navarro; Rioja, Pina, Battaglia, Jota; Lucas Perez and Joselu.
Real Madrid XI: Courtois (GK); Marcelo, Nacho, Varane, Vazquez; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Hazard, Mariano and Asensio.
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