'Goleada' interruptus of Madrid by the VAR
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If the video killed to the radio star, the VAR will kill it. to football. In Elche, technology stole the protagonism to a Madrid that dazzled from the start, but saw how three goals went into limbo.They were rightly annulled, strictly speaking, but they steal the soul of football with millimetric appreciations that they can never be considered a decisive advantage.
The match against Elche appeared crossed on the white calendar between the classic and the match with Sevilla. To make matters worse in a hangover week in which Benzema won the Ballon d'Or and, to a lesser extent, Courtois' Yashin trophy. For all these reasons, the Martínez Valero match seemed like an unglamorous encounter that could even generate a certain laziness in Real Madrid. To all but one: Carlo Ancelotti. Italian lined up In the land of Elche, an eleven of bells with the golden Benzema escorted by the Brazilian spark and with a midfield flavored with caviar with Kroos as pivot, Valverde in a state of grace and Modric < /strong>with the baton. And on top of that they went out to have fun, bad for Elche.
After five minutes the Brazilians accelerated the play and scored Benzema, but Vinicius, who attended to the Frenchman, he was offside. Six minutes later Valverde he picked up a rebound and nailed his left foot into the net. The second went under the line and Rodrygo could have suffered a penalty. The warning from 'Carletto' produced the best start to the season for Madrid.
Ancelotti must think that it is a pity that the World Cup in Qatar is coming, because the Madrid plays with cruising speed. Although if you compare it with others it seems the speed of light. Rodrygo and Vinicius have a spark, Benzema lives installed in clairvoyance, Modric is Benjamin Button, Kroos could be playing another five seasons… But the World Cup date arrives and that break is a black hole from which nobody knows what will come out. after. A new season in which tired players will return, others will start having lost their rhythm… At 25 minutes a start from Alaba, who chained two majestic walls with Valverde and Benzema, He beat the Austrian against Badía to score the second. But Karim was millimeters ahead and the VAR sent the goal to limbo again. At the break, Madrid closed an goleada 'interruptus' in Elche that, in reality, remained in minimum trump.
Resurrected by the VAR, Elche understood. that his moment was at the exit of the second act. They increased the aggressiveness and had a couple of chances from Boyé. and Morent. answered Benzema made Badía work on a couple of occasions while the defense punished a Vinicius who has become a walking target. Six of Elche's eleven fouls at game time had the Brazilian as a victim, who is eagerly sought by rivals. the third, the third goal disallowed. A pass from Kroos to the back of the local defense is picked up by Carvajal, who hangs a cross for Benzemasign up with class… but the lateral started in an irregular situation. There was no way to close the game, Ancelotti must have thought, that it was over. He took out Tchouaméni to tie up the midfield and saw how Lunin saved the furniture with an unlikely save to Clerc's shot.
And at the end of so much going to the fountain, the pitcher broke in the 75th minute, after another majestic wall with Rodrygo as the protagonist and Benzema as the finisher. The Frenchman made the VAR signthe referee joking in celebration of the whites' fifth goal after the previous three were annulled. rose to the marker and 'Carletto' breathed relieved by putting land in the middle with Elche. The triumph closed it. A goal from Asensio, who always leaves something behind, and keeps Madrid undefeated, nine wins and one draw, and leader in the League.
The match sheet
ELCHE: Badía; Palacios, Verdú, Bigas, Nico, Clerc; Raúl Guti (Gumbau 62’), Mascarell; Tete Morente (Ponce 79’), Pere Milla (Josan 62’) and Lucas Boyé (Quina- 79’).
REAL MADRID: Lunin; Carvajal (Lucas Vázquez 85’), Militao, Rudiger, Alaba (Nacho 85’); Valverde, Kroos (Camavinga 79’), Modric (Tchouaméni 60’); Rodrygo, Benzema, Vini Jr. (Asensio 79’)
GOALS: 0-1, Valverde (11’), 0-2, Benzema (75’), 0- 3, Asensio (88’)
REFEREE: Gil Manzano. admonished to Gumbau and Rudiger
ESTADIO, Martínez Valero. 33,000 spectators.