Real Madrid beat Almeria 2-1 at Power Horse Stadium, in the first round of the Spanish League.
Almeria was presented at the beginning of the match by the Belgian Largy Ramazani.
But Real Madrid turned the score in the second half with goals from Lucas Vazquez and David Alaba.
Real Madrid began their title defense campaign by defeating Almeria, the second division champion.
This is only the second time in the history of the Spanish League that the season opens with a match between the first division champion and the second division champion, after the match between Real Madrid and Real Murcia in 1986.
Almeria scored his first appearance in the Premier League since 2015, and returns to the Saudi administration of Turki Al-Sheikh.
The match was marked by extraordinary brilliance for Almeria goalkeeper Fernando Martinez, but it was not enough for his team to win.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti made 5 changes to his squad, which he pushed against Eintracht Frankfurt in the European Super Cup a few days ago.
Lucas Vazquez, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger participated in the defense line, replacing Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao and David Alaba.
The Italian coach also pushed Aurelian Chuamini and Eduardo Camavinga in the midfield, instead of Casemiro and Luka Modric.
Rodrygo was absent from the list, and Marco Asensio was on the bench, as was Eden Hazard.
On the other hand, Almeria coach Ruby relied on the 3-5-2 method and relied on the fiery attacking duo, Ramazani and Omar Sadiq.
Sadiq played his last match with the team, while doubts swirl about the future of Belgian Ramazani as well.
Almeria missed goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco and striker Leo Baptistao because the club could not score them before the match.
Real Madrid got a pass of honor from Almeria before the match, after winning the European Super Cup a few days ago.
With just 5 minutes and 50 seconds left in the match, Real Madrid found themselves behind in the score.
The Burundian-born Belgian, Razavani, ran in the back of Real Madrid’s defense and fired brilliantly at Thibaut Courtois, opening the scoring for Almeria.
This will be the second fastest goal against Real Madrid in the first match of the Spanish League after Sergio Aguero’s goal for Atletico Madrid after 55 seconds in 2007.
Negative number for the league champion!
Almeria player Ramazani scored the fastest goal against Real Madrid in the first round of the Spanish League (after 5 minutes and 50 seconds)
Since Sergio Aguero’s goal for Atletico Madrid in August 2007 after 58 seconds. pic.twitter.com/dw3SZEZUq0
— FilGoal (@FilGoal) August 14, 2022
Razzavani became the second Belgian player in the history of La Liga to score against Real Madrid, just 3 months after Yannick Ferreira Carrasco.
It is also the second time in the history of the Spanish League that a Belgian player has scored against a Belgian goalkeeper after Roland Lamah of Osasuna’s goal against Courtois himself in 2012.
Real Madrid responded with strong and fierce attacks, started by Fede Valverde in the eighth minute with a powerful shot from inside the penalty area, which was saved by Fernando Martinez.
The defending champion did not stop, so Vinicius set off in the ninth minute and sent a cross cross, which Karim Benzema met with a shot that went over the crossbar strangely.
The role came to newcomer Rudiger, who shot hard in the 11th minute, but the defense saved valiantly.
Almeria tried to respond, so Sadiq took off in the 13th minute and fired a cannonball that passed a little over the crossbar.
Real Madrid responded with a new missile from Valverde, which was saved by Fernando Martinez in the 16th minute.
Martinez, the star of the first half, saved a dangerous chance for Vinicius in the 37th minute.
Martinez was not satisfied with his past brilliance, and he blocked Rudiger’s missile header in the 40th minute.
Real Madrid finished the first half with 17 shots, without any goal in the opponent’s net.
At the beginning of the second half, Ancelotti called for Modric and inserted him instead of Camavinga, who had a yellow card in his balance.
Real Madrid’s approach did not differ much, Kroos shot 45 seconds after the start of the second session, but Fernandez Martinez continued to shine.
Almeria tried to surprise the Portuguese midfielder Samo Costa in the 50th minute, but she went a little closer to the post.
The danger of the hosts continued when Omar Sadek launched an attack in which he overtook several players in the 53rd minute, but Courtois saved his shot.
On the other hand, Martinez did not stop brilliance, and kept a new shot in front of Benzema in the 55th minute.
Ancelotti moved again and pulled Chuamini and replaced him with Hazard in the 58th minute.
The equalizer was not late, and despite Fernando Martinez’s saves against Vinicius and Benzema, Lucas Vazquez’s follow-up was enough in the 61st minute to equalize.
The goal was a good omen, for every time Lucas Vazquez scored, Real Madrid did not lose, with 24 previous wins and 4 draws.
The third change was interesting, as it was scored by Alaba in the 75th minute, a few seconds after he was replaced by Mendy.
The Austrian full-back entered to take a direct free kick without having touched the ball, and succeeded in scoring it already.
Alaba raised his score to two goals in two matches with Real Madrid this season.
This is the first direct free kick scored by Real Madrid since Alaba’s goal itself in Sheriff Tiraspol in November 2021.
Ancelotti then retreated to the defense, withdrew Kroos and Vinicius and replaced them with Casemiro and Dani Ceballos in the 83rd minute.
Fernando Martinez’s last save was in the 88th minute against Benzema.
A remarkable brilliance for the Spanish goalkeeper, who would not have participated in the absence of Pacheco, but the King of the Match award eventually went to Cairo Alaba.
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