Sports Department, Oct 30 (EFE).- Real Madrid and Girona drew 1-1, with both goals coming late on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, in front of 58,367 spectators.
The capital team, and current La Liga champions, maintained their unbeaten record in the La Liga game and – with the draw – maintained their one-point advantage over Barcelona in the table.
Neither team managed to do much in the first half, but with Karim Benzema out it was Rodrygo at the forefront of the home team’s plays and almost hitting a shot that ricocheted off the post.
Meanwhile, Girona also set up their own plays, with team captain Valery Fernandez heading in a header just inches wider and Yangel Herrera’s solid shot just off the crossbar.
The fans in the stands had to wait until the 70th minute for Vinicius Jr. find the string and place the home team on the board.
The count came when Federico Valverde sent the ball into the area where Vinicius was waiting to easily kick it straight into the net.
Just two minutes later, Marco Asensio fired from the area, but Girona goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga made an astonishing effort to ward off the potential goal.
But the visitors were given a break in the 80th minute when Marco Asensio handed over the ball and, after a VAR check, the penalty allowed Cristian Stuani, who had just come off the bench for Taty Castellanos, to pretend that Thibaut Courtois jumped aside. wrong. way to the tie score.
Just before the final whistle, Rodrygo almost got Real’s victory when he disputed the ball with Gazzaniga and shot it into the net, but the goal was canceled by a decision that the Girona goalkeeper had control of the ball when the forward pushed it over the line. .
Toni Kroos, from the capital, was sent off in stoppage time with a second yellow card.
In another action, Osasuna defeated Valladolid 2-0 at El Sadar Stadium in front of a crowd of 19,429, dominating a match where Valladolid simply didn’t show up and earning three much-needed rating points on scores from Chimy Avila and Moi Gomez. , putting the Esquadrão Navarra in the limit of 20 points and return to the zone of victories of the table.
Both goals came early in the action, first with Roque Mesa taking down Manu Sanchez in the area in the 10th minute as Avila deftly shot a low shot to the left post, past goalkeeper Masip.
Just seven minutes later, Aimar Oroz stole the ball into enemy territory and sent it to Gomez, and the midfielder fired at point-blank range, and while there was some uncertainty about the shot, VAR confirmed the score to be 2-0.
Overall, Osasuna played like a hurricane and Valladolid could not match, with things staying at that level until the final whistle, although Aitor Fernandez at the net prevented a Valladolid counterattack and a shot on goal by Weissman.
On the other hand, Iñaki Williams demonstrated the clear superiority of Athletic Club against Villarreal in San Mames in front of around 46,000 fans, a confrontation before which the two teams found themselves tied for 6th place and in which the visitors left with more enthusiasm, but it was Williams who finally, in the 59th minute, scored Athletic’s victory, his fifth goal of the season.
With the victory, Ernesto Valverde’s men broke the streak of four games without a win and now remain in sixth place. Villarreal, meanwhile, dropped to eighth place.
And Real Betis added three points in their away match against Real Sociedad, winning 2-0 on the accounts of Juan Cruz and Borja Iglesias, both with great assists from Alex Moreno, although the hosts dominated the game and created the best chances, but failed to seem to make the flow flow.
The score, however, does not reflect the tenor of the match, as both goals came too late, Cruz hitting it only in the 85th minute and then Iglesias adding another goal in stoppage time at the Reale Arena in front of 32,435 spectators.
Before the start of the game, a minute of silence was observed in honor of the Real Sociedad fan who died in the stadium during the match against Real Mallorca.