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24.09.2016 » Las Palmas 2-2 Real Madrid. Second draw in a row in La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo unhappy with Zidane after being replaced

Another 2 points were dropped in La Liga, following a second straight draw from Zinedine Zidane's men in just a few days. Real Madrid and Las Palmas couldn't go beyond a 2-2 draw at the Gran Canaria...

Yellow has been bringing bad luck to Real Madrid this season and after this midweek's slip against Villarreal, now it was time for Las Palmas to pull off a surprise against the reigning European champions. The Merengues lost another 2 points in tonight's 2-2 draw, but more than that, they walked off the pitch leaving some worrying signs that we wouldn't think we would be seeing this soon with Zidane. Sloppy plays, poor defending and very poor finishing all around in the attack led to another disappointing result in La Liga, in a night where very few things seem to have work as they should. Next on the line is Borussia Dortmund, another yellow-jersey side... Let's hope this doesn't turn into a curse this season...

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Las Palmas 2-2 Real Madrid
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A trip to the Canary islands is never an easy trip and with the form Las Palmas have been in to start the season, it's no surprise that Real Madrid struggled today. Without both Marcelo and Casemiro, Madrid found themselves struggling at times against the surprise team in the league this season.

Youngster Marcos Asensio was the surprise starter today, filling in at a more advanced position in midfield, with Kroos and Modric supporting. Nacho filled in for Marcelo at left back.

Real Madrid started with intent, but chance after chance was botched in front of the goal. Ronaldo was still clearly rusty, as he had a bit of a horror game even coming off in the 71st minute - a rare sight.

The Merengues did get the opener however, after an impressive run and shot from Nacho Fernandez leading to a rebound for Asensio. The youngster was in the right place at the right time and added his name to the scoresheet with an empty net header.

One thing is becoming apparent with Madrid... While the 4-3-3 allows the BBC to function and also provides perfect balance, It also tends to affect Madrid's creativity. Against Villarreal, Madrid were forced to resort to cross after cross and at times against Las Palmas, we ended up seeing the same thing, though most crosses were into the feet.

And while Madrid struggled to score, Las Palmas seized their chance when the impressive Tana took advantage of some lazy defending to finish neatly in the box.

Ronaldo and Asensio in Real Madrid 2016-2017

Real Madrid pushed in the second but still struggled to finish. Ronaldo, Bale and Morata all missing at the most crucial moment. Morata, the standout player on the pitch, has grown in leaps and bounds and the team would have done well to follow his lead today.

Eventually, Zidane brought on Benzema, playing the Frenchman up top with Morata in a 4-2-4 formation. And it would pay off after a Ronaldo miss from point blank range, when Benzema finished the rebound. Almost a carbon copy of the first goal.

With that, Zidane took Ronaldo off and the Portugese star did look upset. But perhaps more with himself than the coach. And then it happened. A lapse at the back late in the game allowed Sergio Araujo to bundle home an equalizer and suddenly Real Madrid lead was gone.

With Barça winning 5-0 today, Madrid's early season lead is now down to one point...

Up next Dortmund, a team in fine form. Real Madrid are in for a very difficult night in Germany. In their current form, a draw could be a good result sadly.

Author: Terrance Ross

Real Madrid lineup in visit to Las Palmas

Real Madrid line-up vs Las Palmas:

Goalkeeper: Casilla
Defenders: Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Carvajal
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Asensio
Attackers: Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Morata.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Las Palmas
vs
Real Madrid
2
Goals
2
8
Shots
27
6
Shots on goal
11
0
Corner kicks
5
7
Fouls commited
19
3
Yellow cards
2
0
Red cards
0
54%
Ball possession
46%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid is for the UEFA Champions League on September 27 of 2016, against Borussia Dortmund. You can watch Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid vs Deportivo, West Ham vs Southampton, Fiorentina vs AC Milan, and Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04, all matches provided from our football live game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid
kick-off time (27-09-2016):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 02:45
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 01:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:15
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 15:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 11:45

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / bbc.co.uk / fcbarcelona.com

Ronaldo doing stepovers in Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

Ronaldo running with a defender climbing on his back

Benzema scores for Real Madrid after coming off the bench

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