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Immediate Reaction: Real Madrid 2-0 Granada

Madrid go top of the table…

Real Madrid CF v Granada CF - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Real Madrid 2-0 Granada (Brahim Díaz & Rodrygo Goes). Another win. Here is my reaction to the game. Worth catching: Player ratings, post game best bits and a post win podcast.

The top spot of La Liga was up for grabs for Real Madrid tonight, during the same week that they secured first place in their Champions League group. Andriy Lunin continued to start despite the return on Kepa Arrizabalaga on the bench. Joselu Mato started up top with Brahim Díaz operating just behind. Toni Kroos started in midfield after a good showing against Napoli mid-week. New hero Nico Paz was also listed on the bench, amongst four other Castilla players. Castilla legend José Callejón was on the bench for the visitors. Dani Carvajal captained the side again.

The game had a very mundane start to it, with an injury and a few lacklustre set pieces defining the first twenty minutes. It all sprang to life when Toni Kroos picked out Brahim Díaz inside the area to score the opening goal. The anticipation of a better showing quickly died down, when the only other actions of note was a potential penalty shout that VAR dismissed, and a shot put wide by Joselu Mato right before half-time. 1-0 at the break.

Jude Bellingham wanted to continue his remarkable record since joining, but a shot was well saved early in the second half. That then led to a goal however, as Rodrygo Goes followed up on the rebound to score. Fede Valverde could have added more but his shot was again really well saved by the Granada keeper. It was clear the visitors were not going to make much of a challenge, but Madrid were content to see that game out as well. No further excitement, 2-0 the final score. Did you manage to stay awake for the 90 minutes?

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