Playing at the Los Carmenes Stadium, Garanada, Sunday (11/22/2021) Carlo Ancelotti’s troops managed to take advantage of the advantage in the number of players after Monchu was sent off by the referee in the 69th minute. Marco Asensio scored four goals each (19′), Nacho (25′), Vinicius Junior (56′) and Ferland Mendy (76′).
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At the beginning of the first half, the two teams displayed a fierce battle. Real Madrid appeared more attacking while Granada counterattacked dangerously fast.
But, The whites able to break the deadlock in the 19th minute through Marco Asensio. The Spaniard stabbed into the Granada defense from the right with his individual skills. Then, he unleashed a powerful kick that Luis Maximiano couldn’t block.
Six minutes later, Nacho managed to add to Madrid’s advantage. The player who plays as a defender completed Toni Kross’s sweet pass from close range with his shot which hit the post first.
Continuing to press, the most Champions League champions almost created a third goal in the 31st minute. However, the counter-attack which was completed by Asensio’s shot was saved by Alberto Soro on the goal line.
In the 34th minute, Luis Suarez managed to reduce the lag of Granada. Through a pass sent by Maxime Gonalons, he released a kick and hit Casemiro making Thibaut Courtois fooled.
Five minutes before halftime, the home team almost equalized. Luckily for Madrid, Courtois was swiftly able to ward off Nacho’s header which headed the ball into his own net. As a result, the score 2-1 for Los Blancos’ advantage remained until the first half was over.
After the break, Madrid did not relax the attack. Dani Carvajal almost added to his side’s lead in the 49th minute if his shot from a tight angle didn’t go wide on the side of the net.