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Granada v Real Madrid Live Commentary, 13/07/2020

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1 - 2
GRA
RMA
D. Machís (50)
F. Mendy (10)
K. Benzema (16)
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes

Commentary

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Granada visit Mallorca next as they battle to claim a top-half finish, while Real Madrid host Villarreal at the Bernabeu.
There goes the full-time whistle! Real Madrid take a massive step towards claiming the LaLiga title with a hard-fought victory over Granada. Los Blancos were completely dominant in the first 45, with Mendy's fierce finish and Benzema's quick-fire follow-up sending the visitors racing into the lead. However, the hosts were a different outfit in the second half and halved the deficit through Machis shortly after the break. Granada piled the pressure on and forced Ramos to clear off the line as well as keeping Courtois busy, but they could not pull level again. It finishes 2-1 to Real Madrid!
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: GRANADA 1-2 REAL MADRID
90' + 4' Dias is found in space on the right via a cross from Montoro following a corner, but he can't steer it back across goal or on target and it bounces wastefully wide.
T. Courtois
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
90' + 3' Courtois is booked for time-wasting as he dallies over a goal-kick.
90' + 2' Dias sends the ball into the mix but Montoro miscues his header, looping it up and onto the roof of the net.
90' Modric takes on an ambitious shot from outside the box, but it's high and wide. That won't trouble Silva.
89' Zidane has brought just two players on from the bench but does not appear interested in using any more as his side cling on towards the end of the game.
87' WIDE! Montoro sends a cross in from a free-kick and it finds Dias in the middle of the box, but he can only nod wide of the left-hand post! Granada are piling the pressure on now!
85' OFF THE LINE! Granada come so close again! A lovely ball is lofted into Fernandez on the edge of the box and he flicks on for Antonin, who takes a touch and volleys towards the bottom-left corner, but Courtois is down to make an important save! It comes back across goal for Azeez, who steers a shot at goal, but Ramos hacks off the line!
İ. Köybaşı
D. Machís
Granada
84' Machis does depart now, with Granada's goalscorer replaced by Koybasi on the left wing.
83' Maquis appears to be holding his calf and Martinez may be forced to bring the winger off in his last change of the night.
81' OFF THE LINE! There's a mad scramble in the Real Madrid box as Sanchez scuffs a header off Mendy, who subsequently fails to clear as the ball is stuck under the Granada defender. It eventually bounces up into the arms of Courtois, but Sanchez kicks it out of his hands and Varane is forced to hack clear off the line! The whistle then goes for a foul and Los Blancos have a free-kick.
79' A couple of fouls disrupt the flow of the game as play resumes, with both sides unable to find their rhythm.
77' The second-half cooling break allows both sides the chance to recharge ahead of the closing stages of the game.
Antoñín Cortés
Y. Herrera
Granada
75' Herrera also departs from the middle of the park as Antonin comes on in his place.
Y. Eteki
Fede Vico
Granada
75' Martinez tries to seize the initiative by making a double-switch now, as Vico is replaced by Eteki in midfield in the first change.
73' OVER! Granada work the ball around the edge of the box after a right-wing free-kick and Machis elects to shoot from distance, but leans back and puts the ball over the bar!
70' Madrid have gone a bit flat in the second half, despite the introduction of fresh legs. Their intensity levels have dropped and they're not moving the ball as swiftly or smoothly as they were before.
68' Benzema latches onto a low ball across the edge of the box from the left and tries to fire at goal first-time, but he miscues his effort and the chance goes begging.
66' Rodrygo and Asensio have taken wider, higher starting positions on the flanks as Zidane tries to inject more urgency into his side.
Rodrygo
Isco
Real Madrid
64' On the opposite flank, Isco comes off for Rodrygo, who brings more pace and directness to the left-wing role.
Marco Asensio
F. Valverde
Real Madrid
63' Zidane makes a double-change, bringing on two natural wide players. Asensio is the first man to come on, replacing Valverde.
62' SAVE! Isco tries to catch Silva out with a snap-shot, wrapping his foot around the ball and curling towards the bottom-right corner, but the goalkeeper reads it and holds on.
60' WIDE! Puertas finds a yard of space near the touchline and lofts a cross towards the penalty spot that is met my Machis, but the winger can only fire wide this time on the volley!
Gil Dias
Yellow Card
Granada
58' Dias catches Carvajal as the right-back surged down the line, earning a booking for his late challenge.
56' Granada enjoy a spell of possession and force Madrid back into their own half. Herrera has a shot from distance that is charged down but the hosts keep the pressure on and recycle the ball.
Ángel Montoro
D. Foulquier
Granada
54' Foulquier can't continue after an injury and Montoro - a central midfielder - comes on to replace the right-back.
53' MISS! Vico dinks a free-kick forward and Puertas is found in the centre of the box and he volleys under pressure from Benzema, but he gets it all wrong and thumps well off-target!
Y. Herrera
Assist
Granada
50' Herrera strode forward through the centre after Casemiro was dispossessed and picked a lovely, angled ball along the ground straight into the path of Machis, who finished well from an angle.
D. Machís
Goal
Granada
50' GOAL!!! GRANADA HAVE ONE BACK!!! Casemiro is caught on the ball in midfield and Granada pour men forward. Herrera plays the ball through to Machis on the left and the winger fires a low effort through Courtois' legs and in! It's 2-1 now!
48' Granada are playing a higher line in the second half and are compressing the space Madrid have in the centre of the park.
Domingos Duarte
Yellow Card
Granada
46' Duarte charges out of defence and catches Isco's heel, earning himself a yellow card.
46' We're back underway for the second half!
Antonio Puertas
Víctor Díaz
Granada
46' Puertas comes on for Diaz as Martinez makes a half-time change in an attempt to turn his side's fortunes around.
Los Blancos have been utterly dominant in the first 45, keeping possession with quality and moving the ball with purpose. Granada have hardly had a touch and are being systematically dismantled. Martinez has a lot of work to do in the break to get his team back in contention again - they looked completely devoid of belief at the half-time whistle.
There goes the half-time whistle! Real Madrid raced into an early lead as Mendy fired in from a tight angle after 10 minutes before Benzema rifled in a second just six minutes later as Los Blancos continue to march towards their 34th LaLiga title. Granada have been blown away by the visitors' quality and have not come up with an answer so far. It's 2-0 to Real Madrid at the break!
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: GRANADA 0-2 REAL MADRID
45' + 1' A Granada free-kick is headed clear and Isco tries to break down the left. He has a lot of work to do and is lacking support, and he goes down in search of a free-kick, but the referee waves play on, much to Isco's frustration.
44' A scintillating move down the left featuring flicks and incisive movement from Isco just breaks down as the final ball is slid towards Mendy, but Sanchez cuts it out on the slide and it runs behind for a corner.
42' SAVE! Modric and Benzema link up smoothly down the right and the latter finds the former between the lines on the right side of the box. The Frenchman takes one touch to set himself and thumps a shot goalwards from a tight angle, but Silva stands tall and turns it over!
40' Carvajal is regularly making runs inside from the flank and popping up in central positions. It's causing plenty of problems and providing a valuable outlet in possession.
38' Real Madrid have been completely dominant in possession tonight. Granada's reshuffle has done little to deter Los Blancos from keeping the ball with ease and working it around sharply.
36' SAVE! Diaz sends a free-kick into the box and it is met by Duarte, who flicks a header at goal, but Courtois reacts sharply to get a hand to it and palm it aside! That was a great chance for Granada to halve the deficit!
34' Granada appear to have changed formations, reverting to a back four from their back five and lining up in what appears to be a 4-3-3.
32' There's a brief stoppage as the players are given the chance to rehydrate during a cooling break.
30' A flowing move heavily involving Isco sees Carvajal found on the edge of the box in a central position. The right-back swivels and goes for the spectacular, but it's very high and wide.
29' Benzema has wreaked havoc with his movement through the inside-left channel and he's found again in that position. The striker tries to fire a low cross into the box, but it's repelled and comes back out to the Frenchman, allowing him to recycle possession.
27' Real Madrid have been in complete control of this one so far, but Granada are starting to grow back into the game as they finally get their foot on the ball.
25' Benzema slips the ball in behind for Isco and the Spaniard hits the byline before trying to fizz it back across the box for the striker, but the flag goes up for offside.
23' Real Madrid enjoy a fantastic spell of possession, working the ball across the pitch with purpose. Almost every player touches the ball until a foul on Modric breaks the move up.
21' Granada look shell-shocked after conceding two goals in such a short space of time. Los Blancos simply flicked a switch and overwhelmed their opponents.
19' Benzema now has 12 goals in 14 LaLiga appearances against Granada after that strike.
F. Mendy
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
17' Mendy picks up the first yellow card of the game for a hefty challenge on Herrera, leaving the Granada midfielder in a heap on the floor.
L. Modrić
Assist
Real Madrid
16' Modric collected the ball after some clever build-up play and carved the Granada defence open with a splitting pass down the left that isolated Benzema with a defender in the box.
K. Benzema
Goal
Real Madrid
16' GOAL!!! BENZEMA FIRES IN A SECOND!! Modric feeds the ball into the left channel for Benzema as Granada's defence is pulled around and the striker saunters into the box, checks inside Diaz and fires past Silva into the top-right corner! It's 2-0 to Madrid now!
13' After a decent opening 10 minutes, Granada are starting to look more exposed. Real Madrid are stepping up a gear and moving the ball quickly.
Casemiro
Assist
Real Madrid
10' Casemiro claims the assist for finding Mendy, but the full-back had a lot to do to turn a half-chance into an important early lead for Los Blancos!
F. Mendy
Goal
Real Madrid
10' GOAL!!! WHAT A FINISH BY MENDY!! The left-back gets to the edge of the box, bursts between two defenders and thumps a ferocious shot into the roof of the net from a very tight angle! It's 1-0 to Real Madrid already!
7' Granada have started well and are matching Real Madrid in the opening stages. They're denying the visitors space through the middle.
5' SAVE! The Spaniard is found on the left side of the box by Modric and fires towards the bottom-left corner, but Silva gets down well to keep it out!
3' Modric twists and turns on the right after collecting a raking diagonal from Kroos. He works a yard to cross with his left, but the Granada box is packed and the delivery is repelled.
1' Granada get the game underway!
Granada have conceded more LaLiga goals at home to Real Madrid than against any other opponent (39 goals in 23 games). Indeed, Zidane has won his four managerial meetings with Granada in LaLiga by an aggregate score of 15-4.
At home, Granada have lost their last four LaLiga games against Real Madrid, failing to score in three of them. Their last win at Los Carmenes against them in the competition was in February 2013, thanks to the only own-goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in his LaLiga career.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane makes four alterations to the side that beat Alaves 2-0 in their previous outing. Vazquez, Militao, Rodrygo and Asensio are named on the bench, with Carvajal, Ramos, Valverde and Isco coming into the side.
Granada head coach Diego Martinez makes five changes after his side's 3-2 win over Real Sociedad last time out. Jesus Vallejo is ineligible to feature against his parent club, while Neva, Eteki, Puertas and Soldado all drop to the bench. Sanchez, Dias, Azeez, Vico and Machis all come into the team in their places.
Real Madrid substitutes: Miguel Gutierrez, Rodrygo, Diego Altube, Marco Asensio, Javi Hernandez, Gareth Bale, Eder Militao, Alphonse Areola, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Junior, Brahim Díaz, Eden Hazard.
Real Madrid XI (4-3-2-1): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Luka Modric, Isco; Karim Benzema.
Granada substitutes: Mario Rodriguez, Antonin, Pepe Sanchez, Yan Eteki, Joao Costa, Ismail Koybasi, Roberto Soldado, Angel Montoro, Antonio Puertas, Carlos Neva, Aaron Escandell.
Granada XI (5-4-1): Rui Silva; Dimitri Foulquier, Victor Diaz, German Sanchez, Domingos Duarte, Gil Dias; Fede Vico, Ramon Azeez, Yangel Herrera, Darwin Machis; Carlos Fernandez.
Real Madrid come into this game looking to restore their four-point advantage over Barcelona at the top of the table. Doing so would be a big step towards confirming Los Blancos' status as LaLiga champions, with just two more rounds of fixtures to be played after tonight's game.
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