Real Madrid 2-0 Las Palmas: Diaz & Joselu Score as Real Rebound After Derby Loss

Real Madrid swiftly recovered from their recent derby loss to Atletico by securing a 2-0 victory against Las Palmas at the Bernabeu. Goals from Brahim Diaz and Joselu, one on each side of halftime, propelled Carlo Ancelotti’s team back to the winning track and established an enticing top-of-the-table showdown with Girona scheduled for Saturday. Ancelotti made the strategic choice to rest Jude Bellingham and Luka Modric in anticipation of that upcoming match.

Real Madrid returned to winning ways as goals from Brahim Diaz and Joselu saw off a stubborn Las Palmas side in La Liga on Wednesday night.
Just three days after their derby defeat to Atletico Madrid, Real knew they could go top of the league if they beat Las Palmas and Girona dropped points at Villarreal.
Initially, Las Palmas goalkeeper Alvaro Valles thwarted Real, making seven saves and denying a frustrated Joselu on several occasions.

But it was 18th time a charm for Real, who scored with the last kick of the first half as Diaz’s effort found the top corner.
Joselu would then get the goal he deserved after the break, glancing in a header just moments before he was brought off for the returning Vinicius Jr.
As it was, Girona won 2-1 at Villarreal, meaning this year’s surprise package so far have overtaken Barcelona to top the table, with Real up to second.

And for added intrigue, Girona host Real next on Saturday.
Carlo Ancelotti was able to leave Jude Bellingham and Luka Modric on the bench against Las Palmas in preparation for that unlikely top-of-the-table showdown.

Real Madrid 2-0 Las Palmas: Diaz & Joselu Score as Real Rebound After Derby Loss

TALKING POINT – JOSELU EFFORTS REWARDED, BUT ENOUGH TO START SATURDAY?
You’d be forgiven for thinking Joselu hadn’t scored all season going by his missed chances and then his reaction after scoring, but this turned out to be the third home league match in a row where he has found the target.
The celebration said it all, though, thumping the ground multiple times having missed a bag of first-half opportunities, although the Bernabeu were soon singing his name and showing they will back their new man – even if he is not quite the Karim Benzema replacement they are craving and undoubtedly need.
With Vinicius Jr. back in the fold, it will be interesting to see how Carlo Ancelotti lines up at Girona on Saturday. Drop Joselu? Back to Jude Bellingham as false nine? We’ll find out soon.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – RODRYGO (REAL MADRID)

A constant threat throughout the match, Rodrygo played a pivotal role in Real’s frequent wing-based attacks. He provided the assist for Joselu’s goal and had multiple opportunities to find the back of the net himself, making his presence felt on the field.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *