TONI Kroos scored a stunning goal as Real Madrid beat Cadiz 2-1 in a La Liga match, Friday (11/11) early morning WIB, to shorten the gap from leaders Barcelona to two points.
In the last league game before the 2022 World Cup break in Qatar, Carlo Ancelotti’s team caught up with their arch-rivals, who beat Osasuna, Wednesday (9/11) early morning WIB.
Cadiz repeatedly fouled Madrid winger Vinicius Junior but Madrid got the point they needed from Eder Militao’s header and then Kroos’ stunning goal.
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Lucas Perez pulled one back for Cadiz, who confirmed Madrid finished second but have not kept a clean sheet at home for the season so far. They have conceded seven goals in seven consecutive league matches.
Madrid are without striker Karim Benzema after being unable to train on Wednesday (9/11), but he remains in the France squad for the 2022 World Cup.
Without the Ballon d’Or winner, Madrid are less enthusiastic in attacking.
The visitors almost scored when Pacha Espino’s long-range shot hit the Madrid goal. But it was Madrid who opened the scoring.
Militao headed in Kroos’ cross in the 40th minute after emerging from the offside trap and escaped the attention of defenders following a corner.
Kroos delighted the home fans when he scored a stunning goal in the 70th minute with a volley from outside the box after receiving a cross.
Thibaut Courtois was then beaten by Perez, who scored a goal back for Cadiz in the dying moments of the match.
Espino should have equalized in the 93rd minute but his close range header was denied by Real Madrid.
In other La Liga matches, Valencia beat Real Betis 3-0 thanks to goals from Andre Almeida and Hugo Guillamon from the penalty spot.
Justin Kluivert scored Valencia’s third goal against Betis, who were forced to play with 10 men after Edgar Gonzalez was sent off in the 51st minute.
In the other match, hosts Rayo Vallecano drew 0-0 against Celta Vigo. (Ant/OL-1)