Real Madrid badly needed a victory this evening and they got it with minimal fuss. Ronaldo and Isco were the standout performers for the champions, who simply had too much quality for the Gran Canarian visitors to the Bernabeu. It could have been more than just 3-0.
- 2nd Half
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- 1st Half
Real Madrid - UD Las Palmas
Liga - 5 November 2017
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Real Madrid 3-0 Las Palmas
Home league games have proved difficult for Real Madrid over the early part of the season, but this one has been a routine win. Zidane will be much happier with this display.
Ronaldo is cutting a frustrated figure. He has turned in arguably his best performance of the season so far, but has yet to find the net himself. And that clearly irks the Portuguese.
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
This result will close the gap on Barcelona at the top of La Liga to eight points. Real Madrid still have a lot of work to do if they are to catch their rivals at the top of the table.
Vitolo has made a number of dives this evening. Of course, he will join up with Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window. Simeone won't stand for such theatrics from one of his players.
Ronaldo and Isco have been the best two players on the pitch for Real Madrid this evening. Asensio's goal might prove to be the highlight, but Ronaldo and Isco have been the main men.
Isco is down on the ground and is taking a while to get to his feet. I don't think he has a serious problem, but that will be a concern for Zidane. The playmaker is so crucial to Real.
- OffAlberto AquilaniUD Las Palmas
- OnHernánUD Las Palmas
A change for Las Palmas and it's Hernan who comes on for the away side for the final few minutes.
WHAT A SAVE! That looked for all the world to be Real Madrid's fourth of the night. Ramos' finish picked up a deflection and looked to be looping up and over the keeper, but he clawed it out.
- Yellow cardXimo NavarroUD Las Palmas
A yellow card for Navarro and he can have no real complaints about its award.
Real Madrid probably could do without the international break at this point. They look to have finally found their groove again, but they will have to wait two weeks for their next fixture.
- OffToni KroosReal Madrid
- OnDani CeballosReal Madrid
Real Madrid's third change is Kroos off for summer signing Ceballos.
THAT WAS RONALDO'S CHANCE! Llorente plays the ball into the Real Madrd number seven, getting it quickly out of his feet, but Ronaldo was leaning back and sends his effort over.
- OffKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
- OnLucas VázquezReal Madrid
Benzema comes off in the aftermath of that goal and is replaced by Vazquez.
- GoalIscoReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 3 (74 mins - Isco) Las Palmas 0. And there's the third just to make sure of things! The ball from Ronaldo out on the right wing was exceptional and Isco was on hand to finish at the back post. Good play from the champions.
While this has been a better performance from Real Madrid after a difficult week, Zidane will be concerned with the form of Benzema. The Frenchman is really struggling. Could use a goal.
Real Madrid are now taking the chance to slow down the tempo and pace of the game. They are in control of the contest and so there's no real need to exert themselves too much.
RONALD INCHES AWAY! That was extremely close to being another special goal. Ronaldo cut inside off the left wing and curled an effort towards goal. It grazed the top of the bar.
- OffCasemiroReal Madrid
- OnMarcos LlorenteReal Madrid
Casemiro comes off for Llorente. That's a change made with one eye on the derby in two weeks. Casemiro would have been suspended for that had he picked up a booking.
There's a lot more fluidity to the way Real Madrid are playing in this second half. Rather interestingly, Ronaldo has fallen out of the game in that time. Isco has taken a grip instead.
- OffVicente GómezUD Las Palmas
- OnLoïc RémyUD Las Palmas
There's the change and Remy comes on for the final 25 minutes of this match. Can he make an impact?
- Yellow cardToni KroosReal Madrid
A yellow card for Kroos in this second half. A deserved booking for the German.
On the whole, this has been a good performance from Real Madrid so far. They have looked much more assured in the second half. Las Palmas need to make some changes.
It looks like Las Palmas are going to make a change here. It's not in their nature as a club to sit back and take this defeat and so it would appear that Remy is getting ready to come on.
VERY NEARLY A THIRD! Kroos takes aim from the edge of the box, with the German's strike moving all over the place in the air. Lizoain did just enough to keep the ball out of the net.
CLEVER PLAY! That would have been a sensational goal from Real Madrid. Isco and Marcelo link up, with the former scooping a ball over the defence for the latter, but the left back sliced his shot wide.
Las Palmas will have no choice but to come out of their shells now. They will have to attack Real Madrid and that might result in the contest as a whole opening out for both sides.
- GoalMarco AsensioReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 2 (56 mins - Marco Asensio) Las Palmas 0. WOW! That's an absolute rocket by Asensio! The cross fell to the attacker about 25 yards out and he smashed it high into the roof of the Las Palmas net! What an incredible goal.
Indeed, the replays show that while the first claim had nothing in it, Las Palmas probably should have been awarded a penalty kick for the second incident. That was a foul by Casemiro.
ANOTHER PENALTY SHOUT! Las Palmas are up in arms again. Vitolo was brought down inside the box by Casemiro. The Brazilian did have the shirt of the Las Palmas in his hand.
PENALTY CLAIM! Las Palmas are adament that they should have been given a spot kick. They think there was a handball from a Real Madrid player. They might have had a case.
Meanwhile, Las Palmas are still carrying a threat on the counter attack. Real Madrid have looked vulnerable at the back and the away side are doing what they can to exploit that.
Real Madrid looked somewhat off the pace in the first half, but they found the lead throug Casemiro's header. Will they loosen up slightly in the second half? They could do with a couple more.
PENALTY CLAIM! Casemiro believes that he should have been awarded a spot kick, but the referee tells the Brazilian midfielder to get to his feet. There wasn't much in that, to be fair.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at the Bernabeu! Real Madrid are 1-0 up against Las Palmas.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Real Madrid 1-0 Las Palmas. Casemiro's goal is the difference between the two sides at the break, but in truth there are still issues for the champions to address ahead of the second half.
There's the first booking of the game and it's shown to Isco, who catches Vitolo.
RONALDO OFFSIDE! This time it's the Real Madrid number seven who has the opportunity, but the flag is raised on the near side. He shot straight at the keeper anyway.
There was an element of luck to that goal from Casemiro, but the opener had been coming for Real Madrid. They really should be two or three to the good by now anyway.
- GoalCasemiroReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 1 (40 mins - Casemiro) Las Palmas 0. There's the breakthrough for Real Madrid! A corner kick delivery picks up a flick at the near post and Casemiro is on hand at the back post to plant a header back across goal and into the corner of the net.
OH BENZEMA! That's another missed chance for the French striker. Asensio's cross was a good one, picking out the unmarked Benzema in the box, but he completely misses his header.
This is constant Real Madrid pressure now. Las Palmas are sitting back and inviting pressure on themselves. They might be attempting to hold out until the half time interval.
MARCELO STRIKES IT! Ther Bernabeu crowd urged the left back to take the shot from 20 yards, and he obliged. However, Marcelo slices his effort well wide of the Las Palmas goal.
Ronaldo has actually played well over the last few weeks. He's the main man again this evening, so it is peculiar that his rise in form has coincided with a drop from Real Madrid.
RONALDO HEADER ON GOAL! That was a good opportunity for Real Madrid. Ronaldo got on the end of the cross to direct a header towards goal, but Lizoain made the save to deny him.
It's all got a little bit scrappy in the centre of the pitch over the last few minutes, but that will suit Las Palmas just fine. They are more than holding their own at the moment.
NOT FAR WIDE! A cross drops invitingly for Nacho on the end of the box, who takes a good first touch and strikes towards goal. He got the right connection, but it flashes just over.
Benzema is getting a hard time from the Real Madrid fans. That's the second time that the French striker has been caught taking too long on the ball. This is a team with no confidence.
The hosts look extremely vulnerable at the back. That has become their calling card in recent weeks, exposed by both Girona and Spurs in their last two games. Worrying for Zidane.
Real Madrid have taken a grip of the game again after a difficult 10 minute spell. It's Isco and Ronaldo who are grabbing the contest by the scruff of the neck. Ronaldo in particular.
OFF THE POST! That's the closest we have come to an opener in these first 30 minutes. Ronaldo cuts inside and curls a left footed shot towards goal, but it clips the outside of the post.
Why does Ronaldo continue to hit Real Madrid's freekicks? This one hits the wall and nobody inside the Bernabeu is surprised. He's just not very good at them. Isco would be a better option.
PENALTY CLAIM! The Real Madrid players are appealing for a spot kick after the ball appeared to strike the hand of a Las Palmas man, but the referee shakes his head.
Las Palmas look to be growing in confidence as this match progresses. The same can't be said of Real Madrid, who started well, but have fallen into what has become a familiar slump.
That was a bit worrying for Real Madrid. The hosts played a high press, but Las Palmas simply passed their way around it and launched a counter attack. The flag was raised, though.
It's just all a little disjointed from Real Madrid. They certainly have the individual quality, but there's nothing that links them all together. This hasn't been great to watch so far from them.
INTO THE SIDE NETTING! Ronaldo takes a pass into feet and swivels, but he can only lash his shot into the side netting. That was at least the right idea from the number seven.
Not so long ago, there was a confidence to the way Real Madrid player, but that seems to have vanished. This is a team that isn't sure of themselves at the moment. Tentative.
It's just not happening for Benzema and Ronaldo in the final third so far this evening. This where Real Madrid could have used Morata to shake things up in the centre forward positions.
That last chance for Las Palmas just illustrated how vulnerable Real Madrid can be at the back. Even when they are on top, the capital club are capable of conceding. Shaky.
CHANCE FOR THE AWAY SIDE! That could have been a Las Palmas goal. Vitolo gets in behind the Real Madrid backline, but Casilla makes the save from a tight angle. What a chance.
ISCO TAKES AIM! Things opened up for the Real Madrid playmaker on the edge of the penalty area, but he cuts across his effort and the ball drifts well wide of the Las Palmas goal.
Of course, this Las Palmas side are excellent at keeping hold of the ball. They might not be the same side as they were last season, but they still have that capability and capacity as an outfit.
This is the first time in his time as Real Madrid manager that Zidane has come under pressure. He really needs a win this evening. Real simply can't afford to drop more points.
They have struggled to start matches well of late, but Real Madrid are on top in the early stages of this game. The hosts are looking to get in behind Las Palmas are often as possible.
BENZEMA WAS CLEAN THROUGH! Real Madrid should be ahead. Benzema was played clean through on goal, but his touch let him down and his shot was ultimately smothered.
Zidane is having to contend with a number of injuries for this match. Bale is one of those injuries, although the Welsh winger is reported to be back in training this coming week.
Of course, the recent defeats to Girona and Spurs came away from home, but the Bernabeu hasn't exactly been a happy hunting ground for Real Madrid either so far this season.
So if the rhetoric is to be believed, Real Madrid are a club in crisis at the moment. They head into this match 11 (ELEVEN) points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga and after two straight defeats.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Real Madrid against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu.
TEAM NEWS: Real Madrid - Casilla, Vallejo, Ramos, Marcelo, Nacho, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Asensio, Benzema, Ronaldo. /// Las Palmas - Lizoain, Michel, Ximo, Bigas, Castellano, Aquilani, Vicente, Lemos, Castellano, Vitolo, Calleri.
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