They failed to do so though, losing 2-1 in Andalucia. At the break, the scores were level at 1-1. Cristiano Ronaldo hit a deflected free kick which beat the keeper, before Carlos Bacca levelled matters soon after. The only goal of the second half came after great skill from Ivan Rakitic, who set Bacca away for his second.
|Real Madrid player ratings|
Quick first half Real Madrid analysis
LOPEZ—Might have done better with the goal, was slow off his line.
CARVAJAL—Hasn't yet had too much opportunity to raid forward in possession. Solid at the back.
PEPE—Has defended well twice when faced with onrushing opponents.
VARANE—Most attacks have come on the opposite side, so has been largely quiet.
MARCELO—The best outlet in the league on recent form, and keeping up with that trend tonight.
ALONSO—Distributing well but Real are leaving him exposed off the ball.
ILLARRA—Has played a more offensive game so far, though lacks the final third impact necessary. One great flicked pass through for Ronaldo though.
MODRIC—Great movement as ever and some excellent passing to create space.
BALE—Not been his night. Could have assisted an easy goal but opted to shoot. Passing is wayward.
BENZEMA—Busy and trying to create space, but mainly for others. No clear chances.
RONALDO—A deflected goal and one effort off the post, he's the main threat as always.
Quick second half Real Madrid analysis
LOPEZ—Had little to do other than the two Bacca shots. Failed to save either.
CARVAJAL—A non-entity in attack too often. Opened up once or twice on the break.
PEPE—Made to look an absolute mug by Rakitic for the winning goal, couldn't catch Bacca either.
VARANE—Untested in large spells but neither was he stand-out in what Real had to repel.
MARCELO—Excellent in getting forward again, really looked to break the stubborn back line.
ALONSO—Poor, caught out on the counter and didn't control space enough.
ILLARRA—No great impact and subbed.
MODRIC—Faded after the break as national team-mate Rakitic took centre stage instead.
BENZEMA—Dropped deep to create chances for team-mates, but wasn't a presence in the box.
RONALDO—A few fleeting runs and shots from range, but wasn't given much ammunition.