Marcelo saves Real Madrid after Ronaldo misses penalty

Marcelo saves Real Madrid after Ronaldo misses penalty

Marcelo saves Real Madrid after Ronaldo misses penalty

Marcelo promptly grabbed the victor, cutting inside from the left-hand side of the area and curling the ball under Alves with his right foot, as Real's title bid benefited from yet another crucial late goal.

"Absences are important because none of those who play in that position have done it, but I also understand that football is a team game".

Real Madrid have put in an impressive Champions League performance this year too, and are still in the competition as joint favorites to win, along with Juventus.

But any hope that they could keep a clean sheet or steal victory against Louis Enrique's men were dashed in the 50 minute when Luis Suarez chose to end his goal drought. "This means we can still improve, nothing more", said Zidane.

Zinedine Zidane's side were beaten 2-1 in the reverse fixture at Mestalla in February and nearly found themselves a goal down inside the first minute, with Santi Mina hitting the post from inside the area.

The same stout defense which helped to carry Atletico to those finals has earned the team the best record in the Spanish league, with only 25 goals conceded in 35 games.

El Transistor, a show broadcast on Spanish radio station Onda Cero, recently reported Barca had already beaten transfer rivals Real Madrid to Hernandez's signing, with Alba alleged to be moving to Atleti on loan, per Sport. Up until Ronaldo's goal in the first half, Valencia - despite being out-passed and seeing little of the ball - had the more definitive chances.

More than 2,000 security officers will be on duty for Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final first leg with neighbours Atletico Madrid.

Then, up popped Marcelo to score a victor, and the celebrations of the whole team with him on the final whistle showed how important it was. The Brazilian was named captain for the midweek 6-2 win at Deportivo de La Coruña, and earlier this month played game No. 400 for the team. The last time he came back he got injured and I don't want that to happen again.

Atletico lost in La Liga last Thursday 1-0 to Villarreal but bounced back with a 5-0 victory Saturday over Las Palmas.

Torres suggested the victor of the semi-final will be the team that wants the victory the most, insisting Atletico will not be feeling the pressure ahead of Tuesday's first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane revealed defender Pepe, might be back before the end of the campaign, while Fabio Coentrao is a doubt for the game after suffering a slight knock. I'm only concerned with Real Madrid and my players.

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