Real Madrid failed to break Cadiz’s defence to come up with a frustrating draw against one of the bottom-table teams.
Cadiz halted his hosts’ winning streak when they forced a 0-0 draw on Sunday in the 18th stage of La Liga. Real Madrid dominated the game from the start with a possession rate of more than 82 percent with 36 shots without being able to shake the net despite the presence of Frenchman Karim Benzema and Brazilian Vinicius.
After 10 consecutive victories in all competitions, Real Madrid failed to find solutions to increase their tally to 43 points at the top of La Liga and by a margin of six points from Sevilla runners-up. Cadiz increased his tally to 14 points in the bottom position. Real Madrid’s suffering from the absence of more than one key player due to injury and Coronavirus was evident, especially Croatian playmaker Luka Modric, Brazilian striker Rodrigo, Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal, Welshman Gareth Bale, Isco, and Brazilian Marcelo.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti pushed Belgian international playmaker Eden Hazard for the first time in three months, specifically on 19 September against Valencia. Real Madrid pressed from the beginning in search of the opening but found it very difficult to penetrate the Andalusian club’s defence resorted to a long shot without much danger except for a strong ball for Uruguayan international midfielder Federico Valverde from outside the area and Ledesma pushed it to a corner (23).
Germany’s Toni Kroos almost fooled Ledesma with a cross inside the area that Hazard tried to follow with his head, but the keeper pushed it away (55). Casemiro hit a powerful ball from outside the area next to the left-hander (57). Vinicius manipulated the defence, penetrated into the area, and hit a powerful ball that Ledesma pushed away before being distracted by the defender (59).
Veteran substitute Alvaro Negredo (36) almost did it and shook Belgian Courtois’s net from Cadiz’s first attack when he received a ball inside the area that he hit passing next to the left-hand post (74). Real Madrid intensified their pressure in the minutes remaining with no effect.