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La Liga: David Alaba scores on 1st contact, Actual Madrid rallies previous Almeria

It was good timing for Actual Madrid in its Spanish league opener on Sunday.

As David Alaba ready to return into the match by the sideline, Luka Modric was being introduced down by a defender simply outdoors the penalty space.

The Seventy fifth-minute foul occurred simply in time for Alaba to return off the bench and rating on his first contact to assist Actual Madrid rally to a 2-1 victory over promoted Almería.

The defender mentioned Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti informed him precisely what to do.

“Before I get into the game, he told me: ‘Take this free kick, you are going to score,’” Alaba mentioned. “And then, after the goal, he said, ‘Look, I told you.’”

After speaking to the coach, Alaba sprinted from the bench and went straight to the free kick spot, then curled a well-struck shot that went over the wall and hit the publish earlier than getting into.

“He is very good taking free kicks,” Ancelotti mentioned. “The substitution came at the time of the foul and he is very good from that position. It was a very good shot.”

Almería, the Saudi-owned membership promoted after seven consecutive seasons within the second division, had opened the scoring six minutes into the match with Largie Ramazani. The younger Belgian ahead broke by means of behind the Madrid defenders earlier than discovering the web previous goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Madrid had been urgent since conceding and equalized with Lucas Vázquez from shut vary after a 61st-minute help by Karim Benzema, who’s coming off his greatest season ever however struggled to search out the goal on Sunday. Vázquez had already had a objective disallowed for offside simply earlier than halftime.

Madrid on Wednesday started its season by profitable the UEFA Tremendous Cup in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt, when Alaba additionally scored.

Madrid received final season’s Champions League and comfortably clinched the Spanish league title by ending 13 factors forward of second-place Barcelona.

New signings Antonio Rüdiger and Aurélien Tchouaméni made their debuts with Madrid as starters, with Luka Modric, Casemiro and Eden Hazard coming into the match within the second half.

Ancelotti couldn’t rely on defender Dani Carvajal and ahead Rodrygo due to accidents.


Gennaro Gattuso debuted as Valencia coach with a 1-0 win in opposition to promoted Girona in a match by which his group performed a person down throughout a lot of the second half.

Carlos Soler transformed a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time, then the hosts held on regardless of Eray Comert’s sending off with a straight purple card shortly after halftime at Mestalla Stadium.

Gattuso took over from José Bordalás, who was fired regardless of main Valencia to the Copa del Rey ultimate in his single season in cost. Valencia completed ninth within the league final season and membership proprietor Peter Lim, a Singaporean businessman, stays beneath assault by followers over his insurance policies. The membership eliminated president Anil Murthy from his publish in Could following the leak of personal conversations that made the membership’s management look dangerous.

Girona, again within the first division after a three-year absence, struggled regardless of the person benefit and completed with just one try on course.


Takefusa Kubo made essentially the most of his debut with Actual Sociedad, scoring the group’s 1-0 win at Cádiz.

The 21-year-old Japanese attacking midfielder is enjoying yet one more season on mortgage from Actual Madrid after stints with Mallorca, Villarreal and Getafe.

Kubo picked up a pleasant move by Mikel Merino behind the Cádiz defender and scored with a shot from inside the world within the twenty fourth minute.

Sociedad, which completed sixth within the league final season, was in management throughout a lot of the match on the Nuevo Mirandilla Stadium. It solely did not get an even bigger win due to a strong efficiency by Cádiz goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma.

Cádiz barely prevented demotion final season, ending simply above the relegation zone.

Sociedad subsequent Sunday hosts Barcelona, which opened with a 0-0 draw at house in opposition to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Cádiz visits Osasuna subsequent Saturday.



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