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Real Madrid match-winner reacts after 3-2 comeback victory vs Almeria: “Says everything about this club”



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Real Madrid survived a huge scare to secure a comeback 3-2 win over bottom-feeders Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Almeria, who had not won a single game this season, looked to be on their way to a victory after a sensational first half. Gaizka Garitano’s men took the lead just 38 seconds in through Largie Ramazani, before Edgar Gonzalez doubled their advantage.

Real Madrid mounted a comeback in the second period, aided by some controversial calls by the referee and the VAR.

Jude Bellingham pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Los Blancos were awarded one for handball. The Merengues then equalised, thanks to a goal from Vinicius Jr. who scored with his shoulder. Initially not given by the referee, the goal stood after a VAR check.

Dani Carvajal then turned the ball home from close range deep in stoppage time to secure yet another comeback win, which sends Real Madrid to the top of the table.

Carvajal elated after win

The right-back spoke to the club’s media after the match and expressed his pleasure at securing yet another comeback win, stating that it said everything about what the Real Madrid crest and the club’s history stood for.

“Well, but I would have preferred to have won more calmly! But it says everything about our crest, this club, and our history. I said at half-time that anything could happen until the last minute and it did. Thanks to the fans, they carried us in their arms,” he said.

When asked how would he explain such an exceptional comeback from the team, Carvajal replied:

“Well, it was the result of a very bad first half. Nowadays you give away one half and it’s hard enough. From half-time we went all out and, with our people and our commitment, we managed to do it.

“We knew that it was up to us, that if we put in the pace and intensity, it could be possible. I’m very happy.”

Carvajal got on the head of a Bellingham pass to score the goal in the dying minutes to send the Bernabeu into frenzy. When asked to describe his goal, the veteran said:

“I open up and I see that the cross misses, but Brahim puts it in? I see that it’s going over and I go all out. With the last breath I had left.”

Real Madrid have been pushed to the limits physically over the last ten days or so, playing four games in which two have gone into extra time, while today’s game saw 11 minutes of stoppage time added.

Discussing the toll that the efforts have taken on the players, Carvajal said: “Two extra time, long journeys… Today we’re playing at 4 pm, after playing on Thursday. In short, very little rest, but congratulations to the team, who gave absolutely everything.

“Now, when I get to the dressing room, I’ll see the faces of everyone, who I suppose will be exhausted. But it feels great to give everything for this crest”.

When asked to respond to Almeria player Gonzalo Melero’s comments of his team being ‘robbed’, Carvajal remarked: “If Melero sees the plays calmly, then he will surely realize that they are refereed correctly.”

Source: AS

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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