Marcelo's injury closes a night of whistles | sports

Marcelo's injury closes a night of whistles | sports


Marcelo's injury, which was limping with a battered ankle in the 88th minute, closed in a bad way a night of unpleasant unforeseen events in Chamartín. The departure of the Brazilian side, who scored the winning goal against Viktoria (2-1), reminded the fans that without him, Madrid loses their most unbalancing footballer. Five days after the Camp Nou classic, the incident, the result of a kick from Ekpai, was a terrible news for a team that has entered the melancholic loop. Lopetegui had just made the last change and Madrid had to play with one less during the final minutes in front of an opponent who harassed him to general astonishment. People who come to the field during the week are usually more tolerant, more inclined to applause. But the referee's whistle signaling the conclusion was greeted with a rain of whistles. The kind of noise that the box supports every day worse.

Lopetegui warned at the conference on Monday that Madrid was expecting "a beautiful game" on the third day of the Champions League. The cross reports of the different technicians and analysts working for Madrid indicated since last week that the Viktoria Pilsen -the rival- gathers characteristics that could place him, with little margin of error, as the worst team in the competition. The thick data pointed in that direction. The last results of the Czech team revealed a queue: defeat against Slavia (4-0), defeat against Jabonec (3-0), defeat against Roma (5-0), victory in the Czech Cup against Vykskov (1 -5) and draw last Friday against the Bohemians (2-2). Total: 15 goals against and seven in favor.

Poor Pilsen is the kind of opposition that, since historical times, promotes festivals in Chamartín. The type of scenario that, with these visits, allows to reinforce the moral and to cheer the public, even when the worst crisis of results intensifies. It was not the case, this time, such is the precariousness of the current Madrid state.

The pleasant night invited to take a walk. The public, however, did not fill the Bernabéu. Those who came, attended in silence to a display of Orthodox football, orderly, but bloodless. The first player to stand out for doing something unexpected was in red. It was Michael Krmencík, a pale, bald, ungainly giant who cheated from the appearance. It seemed that it did not arrive and arrive. It seemed he was not leaving but he was leaving. Every ball that Krmencík played generated a problem in his opponents. Attentive to exploit the right wing, where Lopetegui placed Lucas Vázquez on the side, the Czechs took the nervousness of the field to the stands. The first time was the Pilsen: it had the far left, Petrzela, entering the back of Lucas Vázquez.



Real Madrid

4-3-3


Yellow card

Yellow card

Sergio Ramos


1 goals

Goal



Change

Comes out

Marcelo


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Yellow card

Kroos


1 goals

Goal



Change

Sale Mariano

Benzema


Change

Federico Valverde leaves



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Yellow card

Isco


Change

Marco Asensio leaves

Bale


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Yellow card

Limbersky


Change

Sale Ubong Ekpai

Milan Havel


Change

Sale Jakub Reznícek

Petrzela



Viktoria Plzen

4-2-3-1

There were whistles. It gave the impression that the Pilsen players, against all odds, were having fun. Then the extraordinary happened: Benzema scored a goal. After 560 minutes without scoring, he scored a goal, and also a head, which he does less often. The goal of Benzema placated the spirits of the fans but the Pilsen inflamed them again because he enjoyed the clearest chances. Petrzela missed an empty goal. Libersky's shot went by a hand. The public raised the volume of the reproaches without warning any more reaction than the witches of Marcelo.

When Lopetegui replaced Benzema for Mariano, the party was over. Benzema, forgotten his goal, left marked by the anger of the partners.

The goal of Pilsen, after a play that left in evidence to Ramos, Casemiro and Nacho, a triangle in the past very reliable, confirmed what had been evident to the crowd. The Madrid is weakened. The team loses energy. It is a flan. From the goalkeeper to nine.

The confirmation of the prominence shook the people who abroncó the players while leaving the field, victorious but repudiated. The doctors, meanwhile, had not detected anything serious in Marcelo, in the absence of further exploration.



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