LaLiga: Zidane drops Ronaldo from Leganes tie

Feb 22, 2018, 00:49
LaLiga: Zidane drops Ronaldo from Leganes tie

Real Madrid overcame the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters Wednesday, coming from behind to defeat Leganes 3-1 Wednesday in a Spanish league match postponed from past year.

However, Los Blancos sealed the result in stoppage time with Sergio Ramos converting a penalty after Mateo Kovacic as brought down, 1-3.

Real's trip to Leganes was originally scheduled for December but had to be postponed due to Real's participation in the Club World Cup. It hasn't won in six matches and has lost four straight, dropping to 13th with 29 points.

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Luka Modric (hamstring), Toni Kroos (knee) and Marcelo (hamstring) are also absent from the squad to face Leganes, although Zidane said he retains hope all three will be available for their last-16 second leg at Paris Saint-Germain in early March, when Madrid will defend a 3-1 advantage.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Keylor Navas have been given the night off with Kiko Casilla to play in goal for the first time since Real Madrid's elimination from the Copa del Rey at the hands of the same opposition.

Modric and Marcelo (both hamstring) could miss the Champions League second-leg against PSG in a fortnight. The defender dived in front of the ball as Madrid left back Theo Hernandez tried to clear it from near the goal line.

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Spanish winger Lucas Vazquez pulled the champions back into the game five minutes later by latching on to a backheel by Casemiro and arrowing his finish into the far bottom corner.

Then the visiting side scored a goal of absolute class to take the lead in the 27th minute with impressive one-touch passing ending with Brazilian midfielder Casemiro slotting home from close range.

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