Zinedine Zidane made 4 substitutions at half-time on Saturday however couldn’t spark Actual Madrid into life as his crew slipped to a 1-Zero defeat by newly-promoted Cadiz in La Liga. Sergio Ramos was the one enforced change on the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium as Madrid’s captain spent the second half within the stands with ice strapped round his left knee. Madrid mentioned the harm was not severe however it places unsure Ramos’ involvement of their first Champions League recreation towards Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, in addition to the Clasico three days later.
If Barcelona’s gamers had been watching, they may nicely really feel this Madrid are there for the taking when they meet at Camp Nou next weekend.
A protracted absence for Ramos would cap a deflating evening for the reignings Spanish champions, whose dreary show actually arms an early enhance to their title rivals.
Atletico Madrid had earlier beaten Celta Vigo 2-0, with Luis Suarez opening the scoring at Balaidos, whereas Barca had been about to face Getafe.
That is Cadiz’s first season within the high flight in 14 years and their first victory over Actual Madrid in 29, but they might have gained by extra.
Their reward is second place within the desk, denied a spot on the high by their opponents solely on objective distinction.
Isco, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez had been the opposite three gamers to be hauled off by Zidane, who was reacting to an abject show from his facet within the first half.
Eder Militao, Casemiro, Fede Valverde and Marco Asensio got here on whereas a surprised-looking Toni Kroos additionally departed within the second interval, changed by Luka Jovic.
However Madrid’s efficiency hardly improved and by the tip they’d managed simply two photographs on track.
Cadiz might have been three up within the first quarter of an hour as Ramos prevented Alvaro Negredo’s end from rolling in earlier than Negredo created the opener.
His cushioned header put via Anthony Lozano, who skipped past Madrid’s sleepy defence and poked over the onrushing Thibaut Courtois.
Madrid may need equalised within the second half as Vinicius Junior headed vast of an open objective and Karim Benzema rattled the crossbar with a long-range shot.
However Cadiz weren’t overly troubled.
Earlier, Suarez partnered Diego Costa for the primary time and scored as Atletico Madrid beat struggling Celta Vigo 2-0.
However the Suarez-Costa mixture got here to an early finish as Costa was pressured off injured within the second half.
– ‘Attempt to adapt’ –
Sitting within the stands, Costa was seen together with his face in his arms and he was additionally hobbling after the ultimate whistle.
He’s now more likely to miss Atletico’s Champions League opener at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Atletico climb to fourth, two factors behind Actual Madrid and one forward of Barcelona, after the win. Celta, in the meantime, have managed just one win from their first six video games and sit 13th.
This was a much-needed victory for Atletico after back-to-back goalless attracts had dampened enthusiasm following their 6-1 opening win towards Granada.
Suarez made his debut that day, coming off the bench to attain twice when Granada had been already down and out, however his early strike formed this recreation towards Celta, till Yannick Carrasco headed in a second in injury-time.
Diego Simeone had saved Suarez and Costa aside through the use of one to substitute the opposite in every of Atletico’s first three matches however he paired them collectively from the beginning at Balaidos, with Joao Felix on the bench.
Costa predicted final month they’d be handful collectively, saying “will probably be good, one bites, the opposite one kicks.”
There have been sparkles of chemistry, with Suarez lacking an opportunity for a second from the Costa cross that brought on him to really feel ache in his decrease leg.
“He is essential due to his profession and what he has executed at Atleti,” mentioned Suarez. “We attempt to adapt to one another regardless of by no means having performed collectively earlier than.”
Felix additionally impressed when he got here on and can present a extra inventive, if much less combative, foil for Suarez in Costa’s absence.
After changing the injured Costa after half-time, it was Felix’s curling shot that hit the bar, permitting Carrasco to nod within the rebound.
Suarez had earlier put Atletico in entrance within the sixth minute, sweeping in after 20-year-old left-back Manu Sanchez picked him out with a intelligent pull-back.
There was additionally a debut for Lucas Torreira, the Uruguayan signed on mortgage from Arsenal, who was energetic and tidy in central midfield, regardless of feeling some cramp late on.
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