La Liga 2015-16: Real Madrid 3-0 Leganes - Five Talking Points
After a first half display which can at best be summed up as tepid, one might have expected the game to get better. But on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Santiago Bernabeu, viewers were hard –pressed for some excitement in the game.
For league leaders, Real Madrid, this game presented an opportunity to go top of the table by 5 points, with second-placed Barcelona playing later in the day. Instead, the match saw a very “leggy’ Madrid display. After a mid-week Champions League tie against Polish club, Legia Warsaw, which saw Madrid grab a thrilling 3-3 draw, the players’ sluggishness in the early stages was understandable.
Gareth Bale continued his fine run of scoring form, bagging a brace after poor defending left the Welsh international unmarked for his 4th and 5th goals in the league. Alvaro Morata was also on the score-sheet as he capped off a hard working display. As a result, Madrid ran out 3-0 winners.
#1 Madrid’s class helps them glide past Leganes
To a certain extent, Madrid was expected to win. Leganes, also knows as the Cucumber growers, were supposed to turn up and roll over. And fortunately for Madrid, the script didn’t change. Leganes were organised and were in the game until the 21st minute when Madrid created their first clear-cut opportunity.
Instead, that opportunity made Madrid alert about the possible weaknesses in the opposition defence. And it was only a matter of time when Isco picked out Bale’s unmarked run in the centre, who was on hand to score the opener for Madrid. Los Blancos finished the second half on the ascendancy with Bale doubling the advantage after poor marking led to a header across the goal, being bundled over by the Welshman.
Up till then, Madrid had not exactly created an opportunity or even had a shot in anger. Ronaldo’s main contribution till then was an unnecessary booking after he failed to control his words. And Leganes showed their defensive discipline by going toe to toe with the Madrid players.