A Real Madrid team without Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema claimed a 4-2 win over Leganes, holding off a fightback from the hosts to reclaim top spot in La Liga from Barcelona.
Zinedine Zidane rang the changes ahead of a hectic April which will see seven rounds of Liga fixtures played, deciding to rest a number of key players. Regardless, Real Madrid looked to be cruising in the first half, going 3-0 up after just 23 minutes.
But Leganes scored twice in three minutes to peg the visitors back to 3-2, raising hope that the hosts could complete an unlikely comeback. However, Real Madrid did just enough to claim three points, with an own goal from Martin Mantovani giving them a two-goal cushion again.
Leganes showed spirit throughout, pressing and probing in an effort to find a way back into the game, but Real Madrid did enough to hold them at arm’s length despite a series of shaky moments at the back. Zidane’s side remain at the top of La Liga ahead of the weekend’s derby against Atletico Madrid.
TALKING POINT - Will Real Madrid’s strength in depth see them through a packed April?
There are seven rounds of Liga fixtures to be played this month, with April sure to be a pivotal stretch in the Spanish title race. Zidane had that in mind when he made a number of changes to his team for this match, with Real Madrid claiming a 4-2 win over Leganes with many of their key figures rested. So will that strength in depth see the league leaders through the month? Is that where they hold an advantage over Barcelona?
MAN OF THE MATCH - Marco Asensio
Zidane rested a number of key players for this match, handing an opportunity to his fringe players. Asensio is one of those players, with the youngster excelling as Real Madrid’s driving force behind the 4-2 win over Leganes. He was at the heart of everything the visitors did well, putting the opening goal on a plate for Alvaro Morata and outshining some of his more illustrious teammates.
Leganes - Herrerin 7, Tito 6, Rico 5, Mantovani 5, Bustinza 6, Siovas 7, Timor 5, Perez 6, Szymanowski 6, Luciano 6, Gabriel 6. Subs - Machis 5, Bueno 5.
Real Madrid - Navas 5, Danilo 6, Nacho 4, Ramos 5, Marcelo 5, Casemiro 5, Kovacic 5, Lucas 5, James 6, Asensio 8, Morata 7. Subs - Isco 5, Mariano 5, Modric 6.
14’ GOAL! Leganes 0-1 Real Madrid: Real Madrid have taken the lead with pretty much their first chance of the match! Asensio drives to the byline, beating two defenders before squaring for James, who finishes from close range.
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