Leganes 1-3 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points
Score: Leganes 1-3 Real Madrid
Goalscorers: Bustinza 6'; Vazquez 11', Casemiro 29', Ramos 90'
Real Madrid exacted revenge on Leganes for dumping them out of the Copa Del Rey by winning 3-1 on the night. The Butarque side got off to the best possible start when Unai Bustinza bundled home a scrappy goal in the sixth minute to give Leganes the lead.
Lucas Vazquez equalised at the half-hour mark while Casemiro gave Madrid the lead courtesy of a fine team goal. Sergio Ramos confirmed all three points for the visitors with a well-taken penalty right at the death. On that note, let's go into the finer details of the game and discuss the key talking points that emerged from the Madrid victory:
#5 Zinedine Zidane rings in the changes
The gaffer had earlier revealed in his press conference that Cristiano Ronaldo was going to be rested for the Leganes clash. In addition to the great man, Keylor Navas was given a night off and Gareth Bale was on the bench. The trio of Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric missed the game due to injuries.
This meant that Madrid had to flex their strength in depth, something that has backfired badly on Zidane this season. The likes of Theo Hernandez and Matteo Kovacic were given a start with Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio deployed on the flanks.
When Leganes took the lead, it seemed like Zidane had missed a trick by taking such a big risk. But Real Madrid soon got on the act and displayed their superior attacking prowess to that of their opposition.