After a humbling defeat to FC Barcelona, Real Madrid were hoping to pick up their first victory of the season vs. Valencia. However, things didn’t go according to plan and David Aznar’s team drew 1-1 at the Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna. Things started off well, as Kosovare Asllani scored Real Madrid Femenino’s first ever goal with the official crest in the 22nd minute, but Cristina Cubedo Pitarch equalized only 120 seconds later. The scoreline held till the final whistle despite a bevy of substitutions to end the game (Olga for Lorena 58’; Teresa for Asllani 79’; Chioma for Cardona 87’; Ariana Arias for Jakobsson 89’).
Aznar went with a very different lineup than last time out, indicating that he has not yet settled on his best eleven and his experimenting to see what works best. Against Barcelona, he deployed a 4-3-3. Today, he went with a 4-4-2/4-2-3-1, which is theoretically better suited to Asllani’s strengths.
But it’s hard to conclude more than that given that the game was not broadcasted — the match events were only conveyed verbally via radio.