Real Madrid obtains an agonizing draw 2-2 against Elche

MADRID (AP) — Eder Militão saved Real Madrid from defeat on Sunday, scoring late in the game to equalize 2-2 with Elche in the Spanish La Liga.

The Brazilian defender sent a header into the nets, a cross from his compatriot Vinícius Júnior, in the second minute of stoppage time.

Luka Modric approached the meringues by way of a penalty kick at 82, after the whistler Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea resorted to video arbitration (VAR) to point out a handball by Pere Milla in the area.

Lucas Boyé and Milla had put the visitors ahead with goals in the 42nd and 76th minutes, respectively.

The Franjiverde team missed out on the opportunity to celebrate, for the first time in its history in the league, a away win against Real Madrid after accumulating 19 defeats and four draws.

The Whites reached 50 points to maintain a four-point advantage over shooting guard Sevilla, who drew 2-2 with Celta de Vigo on Saturday in their duel for matchday 22.

Elche —15th with 23 points— also wasted the chance to get revenge for Thursday’s elimination from the Copa del Rey. On the visit, Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 in extra time.

“I think that with the 0-1 they got behind, they played their game, they lost time and it cost us more than normal”, analyzed the merengue side Lucas Vázquez.

Madrid straightened out a match that went wrong in the first half in which they did not show their superiority with goals and in which even star Karim Benzema missed his first penalty – which was scored after a foul on Vinícius – after 16 hits as merengue , sending his attempt over the top at 33 minutes.

The bad news continued when the Frenchman left the field due to a left leg injury in the complement.

The goalkeeper Édgar Badía had been the figure of the visitors with several saving interventions, highlighting a move to deflect a free kick from Toni Kroos that went to the hairpin before the break.

At the beginning of the second half, Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea resorted to VAR for the first time to change the marking he made of a penalty that he had signaled in favor of Madrid in a contact on Eden Hazard.

Moments before the game, a tribute was paid to the recently deceased former player Paco Gento. The white players came out with shirts that had the number 11 that he used in his time as a footballer, while the board showed on the field the 23 trophies he won and with which he became the greatest winner in history, including the six Cups of Europe.


Frenkie de Jong sent a pass to the net into the heart of Ferran Torres’ area for Barcelona to score the 1-0 victory goal in their visit to Alavés in the final stretch.

The Dutchman celebrated his second goal of the season with an open-door shot at 86 minutes, an action that was validated from the VAR room.

“It was an important victory because we are in a difficult phase. You have to improve the game. The field was icy today and it was very difficult to play here,” De Jong said.

The victory feeds the spirits of the Catalans by ascending to 5th position with 35 points, one behind Atlético de Madrid, which is 4th, in the box that gives the last pass to the next edition of the Champions League. Both meet in the next day.

This result comes after the disappointment of midweek, when Barça was eliminated in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey at the hands of Athletic Bilbao. In a campaign to be forgotten, the Catalan club was also left out of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid.

Alavés stringed together their tenth game without celebrating a victory to stagnate in 19th position with 17 points.


Nico Serrano scored the goal with which Athletic Bilbao beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0, a few days after advancing to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.

The Basque team has 31 points to be in 9th position; Lightning is 8th with the same amount of units.


Osasuna won 2-0 on Granada’s pitch. David García scored in the 64th minute and Kike García expanded in the 89th.

The Navarre team rose to 11th position with 28 points; Granada was 14th with 24.

In another result, Real Sociedad drew 0-0 at home against Getafe.

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