Real Madrid maintain lead at top

Darin HammondApr 03, 2017

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal reacts during a Spain's La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, April 2, 2017. We played a very good first half but in the second one we lost the ball easily.

Granada sprung a surprise by levelling five minutes into the second half through Jeremie Boga, before fellow substitute Paco Alcacer restored the visitors' lead in the 64th minute.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are battling-it-out to secure a £50m deal to sign James Rodriguez as the attacker looks set to quit Real Madrid this summer, according to the Mirror.

The scoreline didn't convey just how hard this match was for Zinedine Zidane's side, though, with the league leaders riding their luck at times, particularly in the second half when the visitors created a number of opportunities.

Just three minutes later, a superb Bale free-kick crashed against the crossbar, with Nacho reacting quickly to head in the rebound from inside the six-yard box to send the home crowd home happy.

Alaves refused to relent, however, and Edgar Mendez was left red-faced when he wasted a begging opportunity to strike level early in the second half only to spurn his chance in front of Casilla's goal.

Deyverson and Manu Garcia also went close with headers for the Basque team that is outperforming its small budget this season and faces Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Yet, Zidane's plans were undone inside 10 minutes when Raphael Varane suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by Carvajal.

Real Sociedad: Real Sociedad's hopes of finishing fourth in La Liga and earning a shot at qualifying for the Champions League are fading fast after they drew 1-1 at home to Leganes yesterday, failing to win for a third consecutive game. And even in spite of the fact that Alaves was able to achieve a much better result on the road, going to the tank to his championship Real Madrid, most likely will not leave a chance for the debutant.

They will be without midfielder Casemiro in addition to Ramos as the Brazilian is suspended and Zidane said he was wary of Alaves' record of surprising the big teams in the league after beating Barcelona and drawing with Atletico away from home.

His save against Faycal Fajr came just before Ezequiel Garay scored Valencia's first goal.

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