Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
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Real Madrid vs. Alavés - Football Match Report

Real Madrid vs. Alavés - Football Match Report

In-form duo Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior both were on the scoresheet, with substitute Mariano Diaz wrapping up a victory which moves third placed Madrid to within two points of Atletico Madrid in second, and cuts the gap to leaders Barcelona to eight points.

Vinicius slalomed through the Alaves defence before stinging the palms of Fernando Pacheco with a shot from 15 yards before playing a key role in the first goal.

The 18-year-old was left out of the squad by previous coach Julen Lopetegui when Real last visited the Nou Camp in October, deemed too young and too inexperienced to face a Barca side who went on to humiliate Madrid 5-1 and spell the end of Lopetegui's brief time in charge of the club.

Teenager Vinicius Junior scored and produced a scintillating display as Real Madrid warmed up for their midweek El Clasico cup clash against Barcelona with a comfortable win over Alaves.

Ruben Duarte volleyed a rare Alaves chance wide from an acute angle at the start of the second half before Bale tested Pacheco with a low drive at the other end.

Second-half substitute Mariano Diaz sealed the match two minutes into added time with an easy finish at the back post following a cross-field delivery.

What does it mean?

Madrid has won all its league games since starting the year with a draw at Villarreal and a home loss to Real Sociedad.

With the visitors pressing higher than they had before the break, Burgui came close to levelling when he fired into the side-netting from a tight angle four minutes later, but Bale clipped a 63rd-minute free-kick a yard over with what proved to be his final involvement before he was replaced by Marco Asensio.

- Madrid faced just one shot on target against Alaves.

- Karim Benzema has scored 10 goals in LaLiga this season.

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