Full time. Real Madrid fully deserve their win after a brilliant second half. Thanks for joining me.
- 2nd Half
- Vinícius Júnior90'
- HazardVinícius Júnior66'
- Joselu (P)65'
- 1st Half
Deportivo Alavés - Real Madrid
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- GoalVinícius JúniorReal Madrid
GOAL! Vinicius. 4-1! What a secobd half for Madrid.
Three minutes to be added here.
- OffLuka ModricReal Madrid
- OnMarco AsensioReal Madrid
Modric off for Asensio.
- OffKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
- OnLuka JovicReal Madrid
Benzema off for Jovic
Valverde off for Isco.
Alaves keep pressing. This has not been an easy ride for Madrid.
- OffTomás PinaDeportivo Alavés
- OnToni MoyaDeportivo Alavés
Pina off, Toni Moya on.
Loum's shot deflects off Casemiro and causes Courtois a few issues, but he holds on.
Alaba shoots wide for Real Madrid.
- OffGareth BaleReal Madrid
- OnRodrygoReal Madrid
Rodrygo on for Bale.
- OffEdgarDeportivo Alavés
- OnFacundo PellistriDeportivo Alavés
Fecundo Pallistri on for Mendes.
- OffLuis RiojaDeportivo Alavés
- OnIvan MartinDeportivo Alavés
Another Alaves double change. Ivan Martin on for Rioja.
- OffEden HazardReal Madrid
- OnVinícius JúniorReal Madrid
Hazard replaced by Vinicius for Madrid.
- Goal by penaltyJoseluDeportivo Alavés
Joselu scores from the penalty spot! 1-3!
- Yellow cardThibaut CourtoisReal Madrid
Wow! It is all happening here. Guidetti is brought down for a penalty by Courtois. He is booked.
- GoalKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
Just like that, it is 3-0. Valverde drives forward and crosses for Benzema. His first shot is blocked by Pacheco, but he is there with the rebound.
Guidetti does well to control the ball and fire at Courtois. Easily saved/
- OffManu GarcíaDeportivo Alavés
- OnJohn GuidettiDeportivo Alavés
Manu Garcia replaced by John Guidetti.
- OffPere PonsDeportivo Alavés
- OnMamadou LoumDeportivo Alavés
Double Alaves change here. Mamadou Loum on for Pere Pons.
Benzema heads Vazquez's cross wide.
- GoalNachoReal Madrid
GOOOOAALLL!! It is two, Nacho sneaks in at the near post to meet Modric's deflected cross. That could be good night Alaves.
Courtois clears from the resulting corner.
- Yellow cardGareth BaleReal Madrid
Bale booked for a high boot on Duarte.
Lejeune does well to block from Bale. He cut inside and almost doubled Madrid's lead.
- GoalKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLL!!!!! Benzema! Wonderful finish from Benzema after Bale's cross is recycling by Vazquez. Hazard's exquisite flick put the ball in his path.
We are back underway! No changes.
HALF TIME! 0-0 here. Alaves have been very good. Real Madrid have looked threatening in spurts.
One added minute. Alaba's kick is poor.
Pina fouls Valverde. Free kick Madrid; Alabs interested in taking it.
WHAT A RUN! Rioja has been so good tonight. He takes on Lucas and drives a shot wide from the left. Joselu was in a better position.
Bale's cross is searching for Benzema but it is cleared beforehand. It reaches Alaba, who can't keep his shot down.
There were calls for a penalty for handball against Vazquez. Nothing doing.
CHANCE! Close from Rioja, who lobs over the bar after a brillisnt Alaves break involving Mendez and Manu Garcia.
Bale's kick straight at Pacheco. Didn't have the power to cover the distance.
- Yellow cardManu GarcíaDeportivo Alavés
Manu Garcia booked for foul on Benzema. Free kick in a decent position here.
Manu Garcia fouled by Casemiro.
Modric stands over a corner. It is cleared before Valverde blasted over on the volley.
Benzema does well to control a long ball and curls an effort just wide. That was close!
Bale cuts in from the right and searches for Benzema, but the keeper catches.
Madrid can't settle and dictate anything. Alaba just miscontrolled the ball.
Vazquez fouls Mendes, no booking...
Alaves are aggressive and not allowing Madrid to settle. They've arguably shaded the first quarter.
Nacho blocks a cross, Alaves throw.
Bale again! This time, he tries a one-two with Valverde before picking the ball up again and driving at the Alaves defence.
Bale shoots... wide.
Alaves are coming back again, with Rioja lively. But at the other end, watching Benzema drift left is interesting.
First slighter for Madrid. Hazard is found by Modric, and he looks to bend a shot into the top corner, but it goes wide.
Real Madrid haven't got Hazard or Bale involved enough so far.
Good break from Alaves led by Joselu, but it was cut down by the offside flag against Mendez.
Lovely cross-field pass by Modric looking for Valverde. Between him and Hazard, they couldn't control the ball and it goes out for a goalkick.
CHANCE! Rioja cuts in from the left and shoots at Courtois. He holds onto it well.
Madrid settling now, knocking the ball around well.
There had been some debate over Nacho and Alaba, and who would be at left back. Looks like it is Alaba; Nacho at CB.
Half chance for Alaves, but headed wide by Mendez.
Alaves get us underway!
That Real Madrid walk-in jacket is lovely... here come the players!
TEN MINUTES TO GO! Fans are back and Medizorroza is ready!
Someone else Ancelotti has trusted tonight, Gareth Bale. Who'd have thought his career at Madrid still had some legs? What an opportunity!
With Barcelona not facing Real Sociedad until tomorrow, when reigning champions Atletico Madrid face Celta Vigo.
For Alaves, former Newcastle striker Joselu, who began his career at Real Madrid, is the chief threat. He scored 11 goals in La Liga last season.
This is such a big season for Eden Hazard. He has such a big point to prove. Can Ancelotti bring the best out of the Belgian?
It has been a difficult summer for Real Madrid, with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane both leaving. David Alaba has been their only major signing; he starts tonight. Ancelotti made a shock return to the club this summer, and he has a big job on his hands. Winning tonight will be an important start.
Carlo Ancelotti's first La Liga teamsheet (in his second spell).
Here is Alaves' line up! Pacheco, Lejeune, Laguardia, Duarte, Aguirregabinia, Garcia, Pina, Rioja, Pons, Mendez, Joselu.
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