Player ratings as late Militao header saves Los Blancos


A severely underhanded Elche nearly pulled off the biggest shock of the La Liga season so far as a late Eder Militao header saw Real Madrid snatch a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Real’s first real chance came after ten minutes. Unsurprisingly, it was some good work between Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior which led to the chance, but the Brazilian’s effort was well stopped by the superb Edgar Badia, who pulled off a worldie save to deny Toni Kroos from range soon after.

Benzema had a few more efforts on goal, but his best chance came from the spot. Helibelton Palacios dragged Vinicius down on the half-hour mark and conceded a penalty, but Benzema’s effort was poor and flew over the crossbar.

They were made to pay at the end of the first half as Elche’s Lucas Boye headed home an unlikely opener to leave Real with work to do in the second 45.

Five minutes into the second half and Real were awarded another penalty for a foul on Eden Hazard, but after a consultation with VAR, the decision was overturned.


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