MX23RW : Wednesday, December 19 06:09:09
Feb 21, 2018 at 5.45pm UK at ​Estadio Municipal de Butarque (Leganés)
Attendance: 11,423
Leganes
1-3
Real Madrid
FT(HT: 1-2)
Vazquez (11'), Casemiro (29'), Ramos (90' pen.)

Result: Real Madrid beat Leganes to go third in La Liga

Result: Real Madrid beat Leganes to go third
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Real Madrid move above Valencia into third position in La Liga courtesy of a 3-1 win over Leganes at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

Real Madrid have moved above Valencia into third position in La Liga courtesy of a 3-1 win over Leganes at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

The match was Real Madrid's game in hand following their involvement in the 2017 Club World Cup, and the victory ensured that they would close the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid to seven points.

That said, the gap from third-placed Los Blancos to league leaders Barcelona is still a huge 14 points.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane made five changes to the team that started Sunday's 5-3 win over Real Betis, with Kiko Casilla, Raphael Varane, Theo Hernandez, Isco and Karim Benzema all coming into the XI. Cristiano Ronaldo was left out altogether, while Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Luka Modric all missed out through injury.

As for Leganes, Claudio Beauvue again led the line with support from Nabil El Zhar, but Nordin Amrabat was only on the bench.

The game's first attempt on target came in the fourth minute when Casemiro struck one from distance, but Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar made a fairly comfortable save.

Leganes took the lead in the sixth minute in spectacular fashion when centre-back Unai Bustinza threw his head at a goal-line clearance from Theo Hernandez, with the ball hitting the defender on the back before dropping over the line.

Real Madrid were level just five minutes later, however, when Lucas Vazquez found the bottom corner with a smart finish to register his seventh goal of the 2017-18 campaign.

The visitors had a super chance to go ahead in the 16th minute when Lucas freed Marco Asensio in a dangerous position, but the Spain international could only strike into the body of Cuellar.

Los Blancos did score their second in the 29th minute though, when a clever pass from Lucas freed Casemiro and the Brazilian found the bottom corner with a smart finish.

Leganes had more of the ball in the latter stages of the first period, but they went in behind as Real Madrid turned things around following a slow start in the Spanish capital.

Beauvue had a half-chance for Leganes just before the hour, but the striker saw his header blocked behind during a period where both teams were struggling to create chances.

Beauvue had an even better opportunity in the 65th minute when he met a low cross from El Zhar, only to be denied by a wonderful save from Casilla.

Gareth Bale came off the Real Madrid bench in the 76th minute, but the Welshman's introduction did little to raise the tempo as both teams continued to struggle in the final third of the field.

Bale came close to scoring a third for the away side in the latter stages, with the attacker bringing a smart save from Cuellar.

There was to be a third for Real Madrid in the 90th minute, however, when Sergio Ramos scored from the penalty spot after Mateo Kovacic had been brought to the ground by Tito.

LEGANES (4-3-3): Cuellar; Tito, Siovas (Mantovani 46'), Bustinza, Rico; Gabriel, Gumbau (Perez 46'), Eraso; Ramos (Amrabat 72'), Beauvue, El Zhar

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Casilla; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Theo; Casemiro, Kovacic (Ceballos 90'), Isco (Llorente 86'); Asensio, Benzema (Bale 76'), Lucas

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona16104246192734
2Sevilla1694329161331
3Atletico MadridAtletico1687124121231
4Real Madrid169252419529
5Real Betis167451918125
6AlavesAlaves167451817125
7Getafe166641712524
8Levante166462730-322
9GironaGirona165651719-221
10Celta Vigo165652824421
11Espanyol166371823-521
12Real Valladolid165561518-320
13EibarEibar165562024-420
14Valencia1631031313019
15Real Sociedad165471819-119
16Leganes164661519-418
17Villarreal163671721-415
18Athletic Bilbao162951523-815
19Rayo Vallecano1624101531-1610
20Huesca1615101432-188

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