Real Madrid turn it around once again at the Bernabeu going from 2-0 to 3-2 up – A comeback inspired by Jude Bellingham
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Real Madrid 3 vs 2 Almeria: In a heart-racing turn of events, Real Madrid entertained us with yet another display of their immortality by turning the game around after being 2-0 down at half time. It seems the spiritual energy inside the Bernabeu does not get deflected by the presence of any magnetic field.
Almeria, who came into this fixture at low ebb, sitting at rock bottom in the League weren’t expected to put up such a fight, given that Real have been in red-hot form, having recently won the Supercopa de Espana against arch-rivals Barcelona.
The game between Real Madrid and Almeria has also aroused several discussions regarding the refereeing drama. Poor calls, controversial decisions, 15 minutes of additional time following the 90th minute mark along with many other factors.
However, it is safe to say that this game was not bereft of any form of thrill and excitement and with that said, let us take a quick look at what unfolded at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Match Summary: Real Madrid 3 vs 2 Almeria
The hosts Real Madrid were strongly in control of the ball throughout the game having preserved a possession of 74% throughout the game and a passing accuracy of 87%.
Despite a lackluster performance initially in terms of defending, they were also not up to the mark going forward, having racked up an xG of 0.15 as opposed to Almeria’s 0.85 in the first half.
However, the game ended with Real having racked up an xG of 2.53, registering a total of 18 shots with 6 on target. This surge of energy was fueled by goals scored in the second half by Real Madrid that beckoned a comeback.
Largie Ramazani took just about a minute to open the scoring and sent the Bernabeu into complete silence. The commotion found more intensity close to the culmination of the first half when Edgar Gonzalez doubled Almeria’s lead, with a stunning volley from 25 meters into the top corner.
Carlo Ancelloti decided to make a few tactical changes bringing on Fran Garcia, Brahim Diaz and Joselu – all of whom proved to be instrumental in the build up of goals that followed.
Joselu was awarded a penalty after a VAR check and Jude Bellingham safely converted it from the spot. About ten minutes later, Vinicius Junior entered the chat and made it level at 2-2, game on!
In the dying moments of the game, Dani Carvajal gave Los Blanco all three points by scoring the winner in the 99th minute. He was later booked for taking his shirt off during the goal celebration.
VAR Drama, Player tussles and Red Cards
The game would perhaps be better remembered for the decisions made by the Video Assistant Referee. A series of controversial calls have had many frowning at the soundness of La Liga’s refereeing
However, Don Carlo made his feelings pretty clear as he says that there were no “mistakes” when it came to VAR and that all three calls were indeed correct.
On the flip side, Almeria’s manager was sent off early on in the game and the Almeria players were left without having him pass the instructions from the sidelines.
What’s Next for Real Madrid?
The coming days are gonna be slightly more industrious for the 14-time kings of Europe as they are set to face the likes of Atlético Madrid and Girona in LA Liga and RB Leipzig in the UCL – all within three weeks from today.
Los Blancos are gonna try to keep the momentum from the win against Barcelona alive as well as make sure to minimize errors and learn from minute mistakes and poor decisions from games like these.
Another concern raised by the fans is the lack of game time given to Real’s golden boy, Arda Guler who needs it now more than ever to consolidate his confidence. Maybe in the coming days we’ll see his face more often on the pitch as they prepare for important fixture in the coming weeks.