Zidane desperate for Madrid to remain calm

Zinedine Zidane. Credit ESPN FC

The win came three days after Madrid lost at home to Real Betis 1-0. His powerful header from a cross by Munir El Haddadi was the Basque Country club's first goal of the season.

That was Alaves' first goal of the campaign and the second could well have arrived here as they twice hit the woodwork in the second half, contributing to a nervy finish for Zidane's men.

Ronaldo then met a near-post Isco corner on the half-hour mark, but the number seven's effort was too high as it remained 1-0 to the visitors following a first 30 minutes that struggled to produce opportunities.

The home side brought on Alfonso Pedraza for the final 25 minutes, and the former Leeds United winger nearly made an instant impact, only for his volley from the edge of the box to deflect onto Keylor's crossbar via Raphael Varane.

Ronaldo's afternoon ended with Pacheco tipping his angled strike around the post, but Madrid nonetheless held on for the three points.

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Ramos did have the ball in the back of the Alaves net moments later, but the centre-back's header was chalked off by the referee following a foul inside the home side's penalty box.

The winless Basques had plenty of late chances at an equaliser after Manu Garcia pulled them level in the 40th minute, but Los Blancos clung to their advantage.

The away side took the lead after just 11 minutes, Marco Asensio playing the ball through to Dani Ceballos, who fired into the far corner from twelve yards out.

Aside from Ramos' efforts, Real's other clear chances fell to Cristiano Ronaldo.

But the Alaves substitute's stab under Navas bounced away off the frame of the goal again and Madrid escaped with the points.

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