Huesca v Real Madrid – Modric starts for Spanish heavyweights

SUN 09 Dec 2018Spanish La LigaHuesca0Real Madrid126 minsBale (8′ minutes)Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryBale ends run of 10 league games without a goal with superb volleyHuesca bottom of La LigaMadrid can return to top four with winGet involved using #bbceurofootyLive ReportingBy Patrick JenningsAll times stated are UKGet involvedSend a text to 81111 (charged at your standard message rate)Twitter: Use the hashtag #bbceurofootyFacebook: BBC Sport24 minsPost updateHuesca 0-1 Real MadridRaphael Varane rises highest to head the ball away from the corner but there’s no let-up for long right now. Huesca are impressive.23 minsPost updateHuesca 0-1 Real MadridGareth Bale picks up the ball wide left and drives at the Huesca right-back Jorge Miramon. There’s nothing for him. Madrid’s man is held off well by the defender. Huesca then break brilliantly up the pitch with a series of really slick passing. Finally Marcos Llorente manages to get the ball to safety as he concedes a corner.21 minsPost updateHuesca 0-1 Real MadridLooks like it might be a thigh muscle injury for Juan Aguilera. At least that’s what he’s holding now, slumped on the Huesca bench. On the pitch his side continue to press. They’ve reacted very well since going behind.19 minsSUBSTITUTIONHuesca 0-1 Real MadridJuan Aguilera is having to come off for Huesca here – I’m not totally sure what the problem is. Gonzalo Melero is coming on to replace him in midfield.17 minsGREAT SAVE!Huesca 0-1 Real MadridOnce again it’s David Ferreiro who makes a dangerous run down the Real Madrid left, great pace and movement off the ball. He cuts back for Ezequiel Avila just inside the box, who forces a brilliant stop from Thibaut Courtois, a strong set of fists to punch the ball away and behind. 14 minsPost updateHuesca 0-1 Real MadridGareth Bale’s crumpled on the turf now after a 50-50 with Ezequiel Avila. There didn’t look to be too much in it and the winger is quickly back to his feet, holding his ankle but moving slightly gingerly.11 minsPost updateHuesca 0-1 Real MadridSantiago Solari punched the ear with real gusto on that one. He knows this had, and to an extent still has, the potential to be a very tricky tie.The ideal start for Real Madrid.8 minsGOAL – Huesca 0-1 Real MadridGareth BaleSuperb strike from Gareth Bale. The dry run is over! Moments after Huesca open Real Madrid up from a set piece, Alvaro Odriozola makes a dart down the right wing and hangs a perfect cross to the back stick. Bale is the target. The Welshman runs onto it before the ball bounces and just strokes his foot through, the crisp contact too fierce for Aleksandar Jovanovic to even lay a glove on.That’s Bale’s first goal in 11 league matches (including this one).7 minsCHANCE!Huesca 0-0 Real MadridLovely play from David Ferreiro as he spins away from Lucas Vazquez and plays a weighted ball perfect for Christian Rivera’s run. Raphael Varane comes to cover and from the corner, captain Xabier Etxeita can’t quite connect properly with a chance to head on goal in space. Slack marking from Madrid there.5 minsPost updateHuesca 0-0 Real MadridNice work from Huesca down the right draws a block from Sergio Ramos, the Spain captain sending waht might have been a dangerous ball in back out for a throw. Plenty of nice touches from the home team – and plenty of the ball in these early stages.2 minsCHANCE!Huesca 0-0 Real MadridQuick thinking and a long, long throw from Gareth Bale is picked up by the wind. Karim Benzema chases it down and Huesca keeper Aleksandar Jovanovic has to come out to block at feet – already a very decent opening for the away side.1 minKICK-OFFHuesca 0-0 Real MadridThe home side get us started. Posted at 15:1515:15Post updateHuesca v Real Madrid (15:15 GMT)There’s a few double takes as Florentino Perez takes up his seat in the stands. Sergio Ramos is playing the godfather in the tunnel. We’re almost under way. It is windy!Posted at 15:1415:14Post updateHuesca v Real Madrid (15:15 GMT)No disrespect to Huesca intended, but whatever the result today it’s something of an occasion for them. To have Real Madrid visit their tiny ground, when 14 years ago they were in the fourth tier. Posted at 15:1115:11Post updateHuesca v Real Madrid (15:15 GMT)Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesIt’s also 10 league games now without a goal for Gareth Bale. Statisticians Opta have even counted the minutes: 794. That’s his longest run without scoring in the league since joining Real Madrid.Posted at 15:0915:09Post updateHuesca v Real Madrid (15:15 GMT)Real Madrid have lost four and drawn one of their past six La Liga away games, conceding an average of 2.5 goals per game.They drew at Athletic Bilbao, were defeated at Sevilla, Alaves and Barcelona before winning at Celta Vigo and losing at Eibar. Posted at 15:0615:06Post updateHuesca v Real Madrid (15:15 GMT)BBC SportCopyright: BBC SportHere’s the picture at the top of La Liga. Victory for Real Madrid would see them return to the top four, five points behind leaders Barcelona, who thrashed city rivals Espanyol on Saturday.Posted at 15:0315:03Team newsHuesca v Real Madrid (15:15 GMT)BBC SportCopyright: BBC SportHuesca make three changes from their most recent league match – a 2-0 defeat by Celta Vigo. Carlos Akapo, Damian Musto and Alex Gallar all drop out as Pablo Insua, Juan Aguilera and Chimy Avila come in to the starting XI.BBC SportCopyright: BBC SportReal Madrid make just the one change from their most recent league fixture – last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Valencia. Alvaro Odriozola comes in to replace Sergio Reguilon at full-back. In midfield, Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente keep their spots ahead of Isco and Marco Asensio, who are on the bench.Good afternoonHuesca v Real Madrid (15:15 GMT)Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesAnd welcome along to what looks like an easy fixture for Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid. Huesca, hosts today, are in their first ever season in the Spanish top flight. They’re bottom of the table, with one win from 14 games. However. Remember Madrid’s result at Eibar a few weeks ago? The 3-0 defeat? Santiago Solari will not have forgotten…Match StatsHome TeamHuescaAway TeamReal MadridPossessionHome49%Away51%ShotsHome2Away2Shots on TargetHome1Away2CornersHome3Away2FoulsHome2Away4Line-upsHuesca25Jovanovic24Miramón18Ínsua3Etxeita14Pulido5AguileraSubstituted forMeleroat 19’minutes6Gómez Bardonado19Ávila17Rivera7Ferreiro9HernándezSubstitutes8Melero10Camacho Barnola12Longo13Santamaría20Brezancic21Gurler22SastreReal Madrid25Courtois19Odriozola5Varane4Ramos2Carvajal18Llorente17Vázquez10Modric24Ceballos11Bale9BenzemaSubstitutes1Navas3Vallejo15Valverde20Asensio22Isco28Paixão de Oliveira Júnior31Sánchez de FelipeReferee:Mario Melero LópezScoresFilter by section. Currently selected: Spanish La LigaAs It StandsFilter by section. Currently selected: Spanish La Liga
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