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05.04.2017 » Leganés 2-4 Real Madrid. Morata keeps the Merengues flying high

Real Madrid players celebrating a goal against Leganés

Another obstacle overcome by Zinedine Zidane's men, as Real Madrid had a short trip to Leganés and beat the locals 4-2. Álvaro Morata stepped up his game and scored twice in this game to help the Merengues securing the 3 points.

There were a few concerns that Real Madrid could be a bit complacent in tonight's fixture against Leganés, but the Merengues didn't disappoint and returned home with the 3 points in the bag. Zinedine Zidane's men left several usual starters like Cristiano Ronaldo resting for this game, but his lineup proved to be strong enough to beat Leganés 4-2 and keep Madrid on the top of the league standings. James Rodríguez scored the opener after a fantastic play from Asensio and then Álvaro Morata netted 2 goals on his own to stuck the dagger on Leganés' heart. Next fixture for La Liga? The noisy neighbours, Atletico Madrid...

Leganés 2-4 Real Madrid - Goals and highlights:

On a day that Barcelona completed a 3-0 victory over Sevilla, Real Madrid  needed to match the result to maintain their standing in the league. Thankfully and even with a changed team, the Merengues were able to come away with a 4-2 victory.

Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all rested, but the reserves were able to shine today, especially Álvaro Morata who did really well scoring 2 goals in the match.

Real Madrid jetted off to a 3-0 lead early in the first half, with James Rodríguez and Morata getting on the scoresheet. But the Merengues would take their foot off the gas and Leganés were able to grab two back before the end of the half.

Zinedine Zidane's men recovered early in the second half forcing an own goal and were able to hold on from there.

James Rodríguez points his fingers to the sky, after scoring for Real Madrid in 2017

The team however, flowed quite well today in the absence of all the stars. It's something that Zidane needs to do more, rest his star players and keep them fresher for the bigger games.

Florentino Perez has built a massive and well-balanced club and it's important to use the players and keep them involved. Isco for example, has been rumored to leave mostly based on his lack of playing time. These are class players that need to feel involved. It was fantastic to see the likes of Morata, Asensio and James shine today. James, of course, did not look happy being taken off and it's something Zidane will have to address soon.

This is a very important month and Madrid have started well with two victories. There are bigger games on the horizon, but this was a solid victory as Madrid looks ahead to the weekend and their clash against Atletico Madrid.

Author: Terrance Ross

Real Madrid lineup vs Alavés in 2017

Real Madrid line-up vs Leganés:

Goalkeeper: Navas
Defenders: Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Danilo
Midfielders: Casemiro, Kovacic, James Rodríguez
Attackers: Asensio, Lucas Vázquez, Morata.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Leganés
vs
Real Madrid
2
Goals
4
14
Shots
18
3
Shots on goal
8
4
Corner kicks
4
14
Fouls commited
16
2
Yellow cards
1
0
Red cards
0
38%
Ball possession
62%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game is a La Liga fixture, on April 8 of 2017 against Atletico Madrid. You can watch Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, Malaga vs Barcelona, Manchester City vs Hull City, Tottenham vs Watford, and Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund, all matches provided from our live soccer game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
Leganés vs Real Madrid
kick-off time (08-04-2017):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 22:15
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 21:15
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 19:45
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 16:15
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 15:15
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 11:15
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 10:15
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 07:15

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / fcbarcelona.com / goal.com

Álvaro Morata finishing off his chance in Leganés 2-4 Real Madrid

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