La Liga: Leganes gets relegated after Real Madrid draw

Catch the live commentary, stats, goal updates, and highlights from the La Liga match between Leganes and Real Madrid at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal during the La Liga match against Villarreal last Thursday.   -  AP

Welcome to the highlights of the La Liga 2019-20 match between Leganes and Real Madrid.

This was Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurls at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

 

LIVE COMMENTARY
 

LIVE SCORE: Leganes 2-2 Real Madrid

 

FULL TIME: Leganes had pocketed 10 points from the last four games; it, however, just needed three more tonight to remain in the top-flight, a position it had secured in 2016. And it is surprising the side didn't get it especially after coming close to scoring so many times during the dying moments of the match. They did not win the game but for sure have managed to win hearts. Leganes will be joining Espanyol and Mallorca at La Segunda next season.

90 + 4' Vinicius works his way into the box again but Rosales releases the pressure and pushes on for a counter.

90' There will be an added time of six minutes, ladies and gentlemen!

89' Vinicius Jr dribbles into the box but Bustinza takes him down.

87' Leganes is giving in everything it has but Real Madrid isn't yielding in easy either. It is all on knife edge here at Madrid.

83' Aviles again! The 22-year-old youngster is visibly distraught. Another right-footed shot from the centre of the box swings off target to the right. Will he go on to regret these misses?

79' THIRRD... OH NOOOO! Leganes' Javier Aviles' nerves get the better of him as he misfires from only six yards out. Another Jonathan Silva cross and that missed opportunity would sting.

78' ASSSAALLLEEEE! Pristine first touch and a lethal second. Celta Vigo fans, how are your nerves? Silva cuts it back to Assale, who delivers and how! Slammed into the bottom far corner.

75' There will be a brief cooling break. It is still 0-0 at Espanyol vs Celta Vigo and the path ahead for Leganes looks difficult. They'll need to score two goals in the last 15 minutes and also expect Celta to drop points.

69' Flag's up! Miguel Angel Guerrero tries a through ball to Roger Assale who is caught slightly offside. For a second I thought this had to be the one... Alas!

62' So Lionel Messi gets a consolation in the Golden Boot as Benzema has been subbed.

60' TRIPLE SUBSTITUTIONS: Asensio, Benzema and Casemiro make way for Brahim, Jovic and Kroos, respectively.

57' Leganes craftily works its way into the box following a throw-in but Areola saves the day again. Casemiro drives off another Leganes cross.

54' SUBSTITUTION: Roque Mesa and Roger Assale come on for Rodrigo Tarin and Recio

52' GOAAALL! Isco picks out Asensio on the right who squeezes it in at a tight angle. Leganes' survival chances look bleak now.

48' YELLOW CARD: Leganes' Unai Bustinza makes it to the book now.

46' Siovas, the 31-year-old Greek defender, seems to be in a bit of discomfort having gotten into a tussle with Asensio. Is that a sprained leg? Nope. He is up an running again.

45' SUBSTITUTION: Nacho, who was out with an injury and hasn't played since January, is coming on for Ramos.

HALF-TIME: Leganes, in no way, cannot just afford to undo all the good work now!  Can it take a lead in the second half?

On another note, don't you guys think Zidane should rest his men for the Man City game?


 

45 + 1' THROUGH THE LEGS OF AREOLA! This was coming and it is time for me to go, "Told you so!" ... Gil scores his first goal this La Liga season and what a way to get on the scoresheet. Wonderfully set up by Jonathan Silva's cross and the 19-year-old kid on loan from Sevilla takes only two touches to bring Leganes level.

45' There will be three added minutes at Butarque.

43' YELLOW CARDS: Ruibal and Recio have both been booked for bad fouls in a matter of three minutes.

37' Leganes wins a freekick just at the edge of the Real box as Aitor Ruibal goes down. Recio strikes it low, only to invite a deflection off Benzema's straying foot.

31' Time for the first-half cooling break with the host having a go at the visitor's goal with a freekick. No damage done, though.

26' Siovas breaks into a run and takes his game into the Real half. For a moment, the champion's defence looked quite exposed but the danger was finally averted. Would have been some finish if he could have got it home!

23' Robert Rosales lays a corner-kick short for Gil whose cross has been cleared by the Real defence. Why do I get the feeling of an equaliser coming soon?

20' Leganes continues to carve out opportunities! Gil finds Jonathan Silva down the left but, again, the final shot doesn't carry much power to trouble the shot-stopper.

18' Siovas, at the left flank, fails to get to the other end of a long Ruibal pass. The ball rolls out of play and Real heaves another sigh of relief.

14' Lovely move there from Leganes as Bryan Gil comes dangerously close to equalise with a confident left-footed shot. But an alert Alphonse Areola collects it.

8' Played onside by Rodrigo Tarin, found by Isco, totally unchallenged and bam! Sergio Ramos has been on fire, lately and he calmly nods home his 11th goal this season. Ramos has now scored in all of his last five matches against Leganes.

5' So close! Valverde puts a good amount of spin on the ball as he goes for the shot. But Ivan Cuellar pulls off a stunner diving to his left.

KICK-OFF: Peeeeeep... and off we go! Leganes, which is fighting relegation, needs all three points tonight and also has to wish Celta Vigo slips up. Will it be able to beat the champion?

Ramos and his boys receive a guard of honour from the pepineros. We are only minutes away from the final La Liga kick-off of the season!

FIRST HALF

The lineups are in!



PREDICTED XI

Leganes (5-4-1): Ivan Cuellar; Aitor Ruibal, Bustinza, Rodrigo Tarin, Siovas, Rosales; Eraso, Amadou, Roque Mesa, Gil; Guerrero

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Vinicius, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio


 

MATCH PREVIEW

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for its final Spanish league match in the latest setback for the Wales star who is out of favour with club manager Zinedine Zidane.

Bale played an important role in helping Madrid to win four Champions League titles after the Spanish powerhouse set the then world-transfer record of 100 million euros to Tottenham in 2013.

But Bale's role in the team declined in recent seasons, and he has become the center of long-standing transfer speculation. His almost complete absence from Madrid's impressive march to this season's Spanish league title will likely only stoke those rumors that his stint in Spain's capital is approaching its end.

WATCH | Eden Hazard celebrates his first La Liga title with Real Madrid


 

Both Bale and James Rodríguez failed to make the squad for Sunday's match at relegation-threatened Leganes.

The 31-year-old Bale hasn't helped his cause by upsetting Madrid fans earlier this season with a peculiar victory celebration for Wales with a banner that mockingly read "Wales. Golf. Madrid. In That Order."

Now Zidane must consider whether to bring back Bale for the Champions League, a competition that he has flourished in with memorable goals. Madrid visits Manchester City on August 7 to play the second leg of its Champions League round-of-16 match after losing the first leg 2-1.

Leganes' chance

Zidane's side will culminate its championship-winning campaign on when it crosses the capital to visit a Leganes team that must win to have a chance of avoiding relegation.

Madrid clinched its first league title in three seasons on Thursday when it beat Villarreal 2-1 and second-place Barcelona lost 2-1 at home to 10-man Osasuna. That combination left Madrid seven points ahead with one round remaining.

So Leganes may have a caught a lucky break that the title was decided before Madrid comes to its Butarque Stadium.

Leganes trails Celta Vigo by one point and must beat Madrid and hope that Celta doesn't win at last-place Espanyol.

ALSO WATCH | Modric, Valverde and Rodrygo shared their happiness after becoming champions

 

"It is within our grasp," said the club's Mexican coach, Javier Aguirre, who has kept Leganes in with a chance to stay up despite losing his top two strikers to transfers during the season.

Youssef En-Nesyri was bought by Sevilla in January and Martin Braithwaite was picked by Barcelona outside the official winter window for transfers before the Spanish league stopped from March to June due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"It has been an exceptional season," Aguirre, a former Atletico Madrid, Osasuna and Espanyol coach, said Saturday. "We had never paused halfway through a season, been shut in at home. We had never played so many games in such a short time (once play resumed). This accumulation of adversities because of the pandemic and the circumstances of the club make this a very special season.

"We arrive to the last game alive, which is what matters."

Zidane's message

Zidane insisted his team would still play to win. "We want to do things properly and stick together right until the end," he said.

"We're going to rest up, but the season isn't over yet. We're going to be back soon and focus because we've got a crucial game against Manchester City in August."

Madrid will be seeking to finish the league season with an 11th straight win since the competition resumed in June with teams playing every three days.

Zidane said the secret to his team's success in beating Barcelona for its first time since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo was its defense.

"Whenever we speak about the defense, we talk about the goalkeeper, the back four and the backline. And that's not how it works, because in football everyone needs to defend and that applies in attack too," Zidane said. "To win games and trophies we need that and for the players to put in the effort".

A Madrid defense anchored by Thibaut Courtois conceded a competition-low 23 goals, including just four goals in its current 10-game winning streak.

Source: AP

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Real Madrid has eight victories compared to Leganes' two in the 11 matches they were pitted against each other.

Leganes form guide: L-W-D-W-W

Real Madrid form guide: W-W-W-W-W
 

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