Real Madrid lost their first La Liga game since March as they were beaten 1–0 by the newly-promoted Cadiz at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Saturday.
A fierce first-half performance from Madrid saw the visitors create a string of chances. Sergio Ramos edged veteran striker Alvaro Negredo out of the line within the first two minutes, with Negredo scoring just wide goals and Thibout Coureto saving Calea’s long-range try before Anthony Lozano scored Cadiz with 16 minutes to go. Gave an edge.
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Coach Zinedine Zidan made four substitutions at half-time and there was some improvement in his favor after the break. Vinicius Jr. led one of his better chances, Luka Djokov reversed a goal and Karim Benzema hit the crossbar, but Madrid were unable to break through a disciplined Cadiz defense.
There were some positives to take from this terrible performance, the first of seven matches for Real Madrid in three weeks next weekend Clasico. The second half performance was slightly better than the first, but Madrid never really looked around the match.
The first half was a sloppy, golden experience for Real Madrid, accepting possession and opportunities very easily. There was no surprise when they went backwards – and the only setback was that they did not accept each other before half-time. Madrid’s defense has looked mostly solid this season, but they were troubled by the Cadiz strike partnership of Negrido and Lozano here.
Sergio Ramos’ injury – seen wrapping his knee in the ice after being replaced at half-time with the captain – is also a major concern El clasico. Ramos’ outside influence on the team will be remembered at Camp Nou if he is indeed out.
Manager rating out of 10
5 – Zinedine Zidane beat Levante 2–0 before the international break with Toni Kroos due to injury and made four changes to the team before the international break with Marcelo, Isco and Lucas Vazquez. The selection lagged behind, with two players in particular disappointing.
The first half was a disaster and Zidane reacted to the hiatus with a quadruple change to his credit. The result was a slight improvement, with fewer chances and more produced, but it was not enough to affect the outcome.
Player rating (1–10; 10 = best, no rating to players initiated after 70 minutes)
GK Thibut Courtois, 6 – A mixed night. Maintained a straight start from Lozano, then much better than Kaila. Lozano could have done better with the goal, and by a mistake Lozano grabbed each other just before half-time.
DF Dance, 6 – Against his brother Alex on the left side of Cadiz midfield, he played his brother to win the second-half header in goal. The otherwise injured Dani Carvajal’s attacking pace was badly missed.
DF Rafael Verne, 7 – Just before half-time showed his incredible speed to go wide and back from a corner and later intercept a Cadiz counter. The defense as a whole was poor, but Vern was probably the best of a bad bunch.
DF Sergio Ramos, 6 – An excellent early takedown from the line from Negredo, but lost to Lausano for the goal. Within half an hour his knee hurt and he had to change at the break.
DF Marcello, 5 – It is becoming increasingly difficult that Marcello justify the game ahead of Ferland Mendy. There is no question, as a result the defense is weakened, as we saw here.
MF Tony Cross, 5 – The German’s passing radar was unusually off, misleading an opening ball to give Negredo his first chance of the game. Madrid saved 15 minutes after chasing the draw.
MF Luka Modric, 5 – A rare night for a player who has been incredibly consistent in recent months.
MF Isco, 4 – Anonymous, not for the first time this season. Zidan is giving the midfielder a chance to find his form, but he is not taking them.
FW Lucas Vazquez, 4 – Lozano threw the ball away for a chance to score the opening goal, and then fired over the bar. Otherwise very quiet, and stopped at half-time.
FW Vinicius Jr., 5 – His best first-half moment was an overhead kick that was goal-scored, but lacked power. Should be shot on the bar in the opening half of the second half and perform better with a header. Vinicius at least offered speed and urgency here when others did not.
FW Karim Benzema, 6 – A quiet game, as they found it hard to find a place to work in it. Hit the bar late.
DF Ader Militao, 6 – Revenge the injured Sergio Ramos and tighten the defense.
MF Casemiro, 7 – Ineffective came to Isco. Always remembered when he is out.
MF Federico Valverde, 6 – Modric was brought in to replace and not effect.
FW Marco Asensio, 7 – A quick improvement over Lucas Vazquez, but still not done enough.
FW Luka Djokov, N / R – Zidan’s final change, looking for a goal, and ruled out for a clear stop.