Las Palmas vs. Real Madrid – Football Match Report – March 31, 2018

Gareth Bale scored 2 times as Real Madrid warmed up for their Champions League clash in opposition to Juventus with a 3- win at struggling Las Palmas, whereby Cristiano Ronaldo was rested.

With a single eye on upcoming week’s European quarter-remaining 1st leg in Turin, Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane opted to depart in-kind frontman Ronaldo behind for the vacation to Gran Canaria.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid never looked in any real threat of not getting the position carried out as Bale fired them in the entrance on 26 minutes ahead of Karim Benzema converted a penalty and the Wales forward additional one more location-kick early in the second fifty percent.

The win moves Real Madrid to in just a point of second-put Atletico, who host relegation-threatened Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

There was also no place in the Real Madrid squad for midfielder Isco, who skipped out with a back again issue owning netted a hat-trick for Spain in opposition to Argentina, while captain Sergio Ramos was also not in good shape.

Las Palmas came into Saturday’s match some 7 points adrift of security and could have found by themselves a goal down early on, but Bale’s near-array hard work from Carlos Casemiro’s cross was dominated out for offside.

The home aspect then went near when Jonathan Calleri’s push strike the outside of the post ahead of Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas pushed away a small twenty-lawn yard work from Alen Halilovic.

The visitors, however, shortly commenced to get into their rhythm as Bale picked out Marco Asensio at the near post, but Leandro Chichizola generated a wonderful fingertip save.

Real swept into the guide on 26 minutes. The hosts have been caught out pressing a high defensive line as Luka Modric’s move sent Bale obvious down the remaining, and Wales forward charged into the penalty area ahead of lashing the ball into the significant corner.

Zidane was then compelled into earning a change when defender Fernandez Nacho hobbled off, to be changed by Achraf Hakimi.

Genuine doubled their lead on 38 minutes as a result of a penalty from Benzema.

Calleri needlessly went as a result of the back again of Lucas Vazquez, leaving the referee minor alternative but to point to the location.

Frenchman Benzema, on his 400th appearance for Los Blancos, drilled the ball into the base remaining corner.

It was now a scenario of hurt limitation for Las Palmas, who made a couple of variations for the start off of the second fifty percent.

Real Madrid, however, even further extended their guide on fifty-one minutes with one more penalty.

Defender Ximo Navarro was dominated to have caught Bale with a late tackle, and this time the Welshman obtained up to get the location-kick, which he clipped past Chichizola.

Benzema saw his near-array hard work saved ahead of at the other conclude Las Palmas substitute Erik Exposito fired more than immediately after Navas made a hash of his clearance in the area.

Calleri’s header dropped on to the leading of the crossbar, ahead of Bale was denied a hat-trick by a previous-ditch tackle from Javi Castellano.