Carlo Ancelotti made one change from the squad that beat Napoli by four goals in Champions League, with Joselu Mato replacing Dani Ceballos. That meant Real Madrid played a quick attack right from the opening stages, but didn’t find a goal until the 26th minute. That’s when Toni Kroos received the ball 30 meters from goal, and he put it at the feet of Brahim Diaz who scored to continue his excellent form.
Kroos has brought the important moments that Real needed many times over the past 9 years, and this is the most recent time. The image of Toni Kroos being kneeled down by his young teammate in the shoe shine gesture to celebrate the goal once again affirmed his position as king at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid won 2-0 against Granada. They dominated the match, although Granada’s defense stood firm in the first 25 minutes. It was Toni Kroos who opened the way into that defense with a sublime assist for Brahim Diaz to score the opening goal. In a moment of joy, Diaz chose to pay tribute to Kroos by shining his shoes.
Real Madrid then played even more comfortably. In the 57th minute, Rodrygo increased the score to 2-0 when the Real Madrid player headed the ball past the Granada goalkeeper. Rodrygo is having a good season at Real Madrid. This is the 5th consecutive match the Brazilian player has scored for the White Vultures.
Los Blancos’ numbers in this match far exceeded their opponents. They scored 2 goals after 11 shots and 4 shots on target, controlled the ball 71% of the time and passed the ball 811 times, achieving an accuracy rate of 93%, receiving 6 corner kicks compared to the opponent’s 0. defense. Again, these have Kroos’s major contribution. He coordinated play in midfield and hardly missed a pass. His every touch, every pass and every dribble was near perfection.
In that win, the German midfielder was scored 8.4 points by Sofa Score. In 90 minutes of play, he touched the ball 148 times, successfully passed 122/130 times (94%), including 17/18 long passes. The 33-year-old player won 7 duels, fouled 1 time and was fouled 4 times. He actively contributed to the defense with 2 successful interceptions and 3 tackles, and 4 successful dribbles.
With this result, Real Madrid and Girona lead La Liga with 38 points after 15 matches. Real Madrid has a better goal difference than Girona so they are temporarily in 1st place. The two teams met in the first leg in September and the White Vultures were the winner with a score of 3-0. The return match early next year will be an important contributor to the La Liga championship race this season.
Thanh Vu | 10:08 December 3, 2023