Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Bale, Vinicius, Ramos and Plzen away — Real Madrid round-up

VInicius Junior and Ronaldo Nazario VInicius Junior and Ronaldo Nazario. José A. GarcíaMARCA
Kristopher Love | 07 November, 2018, 06:17

Instead, Solari and Madrid head into Wednesday's Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen with their confidence boosted and momentum enhanced.

Solari resisted that temptation but brought Vinicius off the bench, with the youngster forcing the first goal in Real's vital 2-0 win as his shot was deflected in, ending a run of five league games without a victory.

Atletico could have moved above Barcelona, for a few hours at least, but instead Diego Simeone's side sit a point behind the league leaders, who face Rayo Vallecano later on Saturday. Madrid showed signs of recovery in Melilla under the guidance of "doctor Solari", but it remains to be seen how they fare in colder climes.

La Liga giants Real Madrid have introduced TV screens on their urinals at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Gareth Bale was not on the pitch to hear them after he had been replaced in the 71st minute with the team still searching for a goal.

New boss Santiago Solari defended his players, however, and said they were hurting just as much as the supporters. "They have found themselves too".

They are not pioneers in this regard as fellow La Liga side Legunes have installed as similar system at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

In the dying minutes Ramos doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Fernando Calero fouled Benzema, but although Madrid will be grateful for the points, it's clear Solari still has a lot of work to do.

Rayo's fans believed but so did Barca, and when Dembele, also on off the bench, curved his shot in with three minutes left, there was still time for a victor. He praised Suarez too.

"We needed to win, and you don't get out of tough moments like the one we are in by winning easily", Solari said of the scrappy nature of the victory.

The Welshman played for 71 minutes and mustered two scoring chances but more worryingly gave away possession 14 times for Madrid during Saturday's home win.

"The feeling is bitter-sweet", added Saul Niguez.

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