Real Madrid reclaimed the top spot in La Liga with a 2-0 triumph over Granada on Saturday evening.
Carlo Ancelotti’s squad surpassed Girona in the standings, as the surprise package of the season secured a remarkable late 2-1 comeback victory against Valencia earlier on the same day. Alexander Medina’s inaugural match in charge of Granada resulted in the anticipated defeat, leaving his side in 19th place in the league table.
The early proceedings saw Granada forced into a goalkeeper change when Raul Fernandez suffered an injury, leading to Andre Ferreira’s substitution. Real Madrid aimed to exploit this situation with crosses from Dani Carvajal and Federico Valverde, but none found their mark.
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In contrast, Granada had a near miss as Bryan Zaragoza’s cross narrowly missed Raul Torrente, almost granting them an unexpected lead.
Real Madrid broke the deadlock midway through the first half. Brahim Diaz’s incisive run from the right set up Toni Kroos, who returned the ball to the attacking midfielder with an exquisite pass, slipping it past two Granada defenders.
Just before halftime, Jude Bellingham had an opportunity but fired wide from a tight angle after receiving a clever flick from Brahim.
Within 11 minutes of the second half, Real Madrid doubled their lead. Ferland Mendy’s delivery from the left found Joselu, who set up Brahim for a low cross. Although Ferreira made a stunning save to deny Bellingham, Rodrygo capitalized on the rebound.
A potential third goal was thwarted when Valverde’s close-range effort, following Bellingham’s precise pass, was blocked.
Real Madrid settled for a 2-0 victory, securing the win after three minutes of second-half stoppage time.